Olympic National Park encompasses nearly a million acres, protects a vast wilderness with thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline.
In December, 2016 Congress re-designated the "Olympic Wilderness" as the "Daniel J. Evans Wilderness" to honor Senator Evans' dedication to preserving our wildest places.
The Daniel J. Evans Wilderness is one of the wildest places left in the lower forty-eight states.
Permit Reservation Change
The Wilderness Information Center has made a significant change to the process for booking advance permits in the Olympic Wilderness.
Previously, permit reservations were available on a 6-month rolling window. This summer, all permit reservations for the summer season, May 15th through October 15th, will become available on April 15th at 7:00 AM PST. Note that some areas, notably the Sol Duc, have a shorter summer season due to late lingering snow.
If you have questions about booking permits, please contact the Wilderness Information Center directly at (360) 565 3100 or via email at OLYM_WIC@nps.gov.
A permit is required for all overnight stays in the wilderness year-round. A wilderness permit allows the permit holder and their group to camp in a designated camp area.
Once reserved, your permit will be issued by WIC staff 5-7 days before the start of your trip, you will then be able to log in to your account and print the permit yourself. Permits that are listed as Walk-up on the detailed availability screen are only available by contacting the Wilderness Information Center.
Reservations for the summer season, May 15th through October 15th, become available on April 15th at 10:00 AM EST / 7:00 AM PST
Although the park is open year-round, reservations for high country areas are restricted to a shorter summer season due to snowpack. Please contact the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center for more information.
To book a cross country trip (e.g. Bailey Range) or a campsite that is not shown on the Wilderness Trip Planner Map, please contact the WIC at (360) 565-3100.
When planning your trip, please keep the following in mind:
Permits are available by advanced reservation through Recreation.gov. Once reserved, your permit will be issued by WIC staff 5-7 days before the start of your trip, you will then be able to log in to your account and print the permit yourself. Permits that are listed as Walk-up on the detailed availability screen are only available by contacting the Wilderness Information Center.
Leave No Trace
Please follow all principles of Leave No Trace including: Plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife and be considerate of other visitors.
For more information on planning your adventure in the wilderness of Olympic National Park, visit our Wilderness Trip Planning page.
Adults (16 and older) - $8 per person per night
Youth (15 and under) - free
Annual Olympic National Park Wilderness Pass – free for pass holder only
A $6.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for each overnight permit reserved including Annual Olympic National Park Wilderness Pass holders.
You may cancel your reservation seven or more full days before your reservation start date and receive a refund. The $6 reservation fee is non-refundable. Quota from cancelled permits will be immediately released and available on Recreation.gov.
You may make any change to your permit itinerary if space is available up until the day before your reservation date, and before your permit has been issued at a Wilderness Information Center (additional fees may apply). Once your permit has been issued, you cannot make changes to the permit unless approved by a ranger at a Wilderness Information Center.
Changing the start date requires a new reservation. Cancel your current permit and reserve a new permit.
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