Safety tip: All forest visitors are encouraged to notify family or friends of their trip itinerary including their expected return schedule. It is common for weather conditions to change suddenly in mountainous terrains; sunny mornings can turn into stormy afternoons. Always be prepared for bad weather
Outdoor Safety and Ethics
Ten Essentials: Carry the Ten Essentials for day hikes and backpack trips into wilderness or backcountry.
Hypothermia: Hypothermia is caused by exposure to cold, aggravated by wet, wind, and exhaustion. It is the #1 killer of outdoor enthusiasts. Your best protection against hypothermia is to wear wool and/or other types of (non-cotton) clothing that will wick moisture away from your skin. Layer to adjust to changes in temperature. Carry rain gear, and extra warm clothing and wear stable footwear such as hiking boots.
Driving Safety: Most of the Olympic National Forest roads are low standard, one-lane roads and are not designed or maintained for high speeds.
Know Before You Go!: Information about maps, passes, special regulations, wildlife safety and more.
Law Enforcement: Forest rules and regulations, crime prevention tips, and report a crime.