The Olympic National Forest is located in the northwestern corner of Washington state.
Where is this Forest?



Welcome to Olympic National Forest 

Pacific Marten Survey Volunteers pose in the forest by Betsy Howell. Marshall Murray, a retired forester and Yellow Cedar stump.


Olympic National Forest encompasses the varied landscape of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula from lush rain forests to deep canyons to high mountain ridges to ocean beaches. This diverse and scenic forest reaches the mid elevations of the Olympic Mountains, surrounding Olympic National Park.

Plan Your Visit. Link to recreation opportunities on the forest. Buy a map. Link to available maps of the Olympic National Forest. Find information about available recreation passes.

Apply for Temporary Employment

A Forest Service biologist at work monitoring a stream.The window to apply for temporary jobs on the Olympic National Forest is short. Please note dates that you may apply for specific jobs. Review information about 2015 temporary jobs at Olympic National Forest (PDF). Review more information about employment.


Return of the Fisher King

Photo of a Fisher by Betsy Howell.

Once upon a time there was an elusive creature that roamed the Olympic forests at night. A creature as elusive as its name, it’s been called black cat, fisher cat, pecan, pequam, wejack, and woods-otter...

Improving Elk Habitat in the Forest

Elk in Olympic National Forest

Olympic National Forest works in partnership with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to improve Roosevelt elk foraging habitat on the peninsula.

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Identifying a Sustainable Roads System.

A road damaged by a slide.

We are conducting  an analysis to identify the minimum road system needed on the Forest. Thank you for your input!