Alerts & Notices

​Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The health and safety of visitors as well as Forest Service employees and volunteers is our priority. We are working to align with with Governor Inslee's Safe Start Washington Plan and meet the social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Olympic National Forest Recreation Restrictions

Starting Friday, May 22nd, developed Day Use sites and Trailheads at Olympic National Forest Olympic will be available for public use. All trails remain open and dispersed camping is allowed.

Users should expect NO SERVICES: no restrooms, water, or garbage services available. Do your part & prepare for your own sanitation and be prepared to properly dispose of human waste and pack out ALL trash.

Remaining closures:

Free Firewood Permits

In order to practice social distancing related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Olympic National Forest will offer free use personal firewood permits valid until June 1, 2020.  Up to 4 cords of wood will be permitted for personal use under this permit.  

Restrictions and requirements apply to this special permit, and will be included in the package with your permit.  

Please contact the Olympic National Forest Supervisor’s Office to request a Free Use Firewood Permit: (360) 956-2402

Olympic National Forest Public Services

To support COVID 19 public health and safety measures our offices are not open to the public. We remain available by phone and email to provide information and limited services. Please call us Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm:

  • Forest Headquarters: (360) 956-2402
  • Quilcene Office: (360) 765 2200
  • Quinault Office: (360) 288 2525
  • Forks Office: (360) 374-6522
  • Email us

Protect Yourself and Your Community

We understand the desire for people to seek solace outdoors on public lands right now, but we cannot guarantee a congestion-free or COVID-19 free environment. Visitors should be aware that there have been recent COVID-19 cases confirmed in this region. Here's how you can help us prevent the spread: 

  • Stay home if you are ill or have been in contact with anyone with coronavirus symptoms.
  • Plan ahead. Check relevant state and county health and travel guidance and verify that the area you are going to is open. Have a backup plan and be prepared to bring all your own supplies, as local stores may be closed.
  • Practice social distancing. The need to limit the spread of the disease by maintaining six feet of space from other hikers applies outdoors as well. Stick to lesser-used trails to avoid person-to-person contacts by stepping aside on the trails. Have a backup plan, in case a site is too crowded. Do not exit your car if there are too many people. Enjoy the scenic drive and get your walk in back near your neighborhood.
  • Please be extra cautious on the trails, as emergency responders and hospitals are very busy currently, and be prepared for the possibility that onsite restrooms are closed or unsanitary. Follow Leave No Trace Principles, particularly dealing with human waste.
  • PLEASE leash your dog, even if not required, to better maintain proper social distancing from others.
  • Practice good personal hygiene:
    • Cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue (then throw it away) or with the inside of your elbow if no tissue is available.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid sharing water or snacks.