Know Before You Go!
Weather conditions change rapidly in mountainous terrain. Sudden storms or extreme changes in temperature are common on the Olympic Peninsula. Your trip will be more pleasant if you are prepared for rain or snow, even if you start out on a sunny day. Please be prepared!
Passes and Permits
Some trailheads or day use sites require a fee. Check ahead of time to see if a pass or permit is required in the area that you intend to visit. View a list of the recreation passes available for purchase and a description of when and where they are required.
Detailed maps are highly recommended for your visit to Olympic National Forest, particularly for wilderness and backcountry travel. A variety of maps and publications are available for download or purchase.
Weed Free Feed Requirements
As part of a larger effort to reduce invasive species on national forest lands, weed-free feed is required in all national forests and national grasslands in the Pacific Northwest.
Livestock owners are required to use feed that is either commercially processed or crop products certified to be free of weed seeds. All hay, cubed hay, straw, mulch, and other such products used or stored on national forest lands must be state certified as weed free.
Wilderness and Backcountry Trips
Special considerations need to be taken before you begin your wilderness excursion. Review our Wilderness travel tips to help you plan your trip.
Wilderness regulations apply in all designated Wilderness areas.
Cougars and black bears are common on the Olympic Peninsula. Read the safety information to learn more: Cougar Country (PDF), Bear Country (PDF).
Mountain goats on the Olympic Peninsula can be dangerous. Review our Mountain Goat Safety in
, which includes an ecuational video, and a wildlife report form.
To learn more about Leave No Trace ethics visit www.lnt.org.
Go to: Wilderness areas
Check the Current Conditions page to find information about recreation and road conditions, fire information, and additional resources.
Forest Rules and Regulations
Campground fees, reservations & regulations
Most campsites at Olympic National Forest are offered on a first-come, first served basis. A limited number of campsites and yurts (Coho only) can be reserved at Coho and Willaby Campgrounds at the National Recreation Reservation System. Check out the campground pages to find site and fee information for specific campgrounds.