• Obey posted speed limits; most of the Olympic National Forest roads are low standard, one-lane roads with some turnouts for meeting oncoming traffic. These roads are not designed or maintained for high speeds.
  • Remember that braking on a forest gravel road is much different than on pavement and your braking time will take longer. Plan to encounter rocks, boulders, road washouts, downed trees and brush encroaching on the roadway. Make sure that when you travel a more primitive road, your vehicle is suitable for such use.
  • Beware of oncoming traffic and commercial traffic such as log trucks.
  • Food, gas, and lodging are seldom available along National Forest roads.  Carry proper equipment, tools and supplies when traveling in the National Forest. A sunny, warm day quickly turns to freezing as the air temperature drops dramatically with the setting sun.
  • To help have a safe, enjoyable trip, make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition, carry a road map of the area, bring extra food and clothing, carry a shovel, chains, and a bag of sand.
  • Always let someone know your plans and stick to those plans.
  • Think twice before following a single vehicle track in the snow, it may lead to a dead end road with no place to turn around.