Olympic National Park Entrances

Accessed via US 101, which circles the peninsula, Olympic National Park has many entry points. Here are the six most popular access points
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Accessed via US 101, which circles the peninsula, Olympic National Park has many entry points. Here are the six most popular access points
Regional map of Olympic National Park showing gateway towns.

North 

Hurricane Ridge Area

Along a narrow thread of the park boundaries jutting up north into Port Angeles, Wash., is the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles. Stop here to get your park pass, pick up a park map, shop the bookstore and get a lay of the land from park staff. 

This road leads to Hurricane Ridge, which is about seventeen miles south of Port Angeles. Along the ridge, you’ll find Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center with a snack bar and gift shop and a number of trails that lead you to striking views on a clear day. The visitor center staff offer guided walks and programs in the summer.

Park visitors get advice, permits, bear cans and maps from rangers at the Port Angeles Visitor Center near the Hurricane Ridge Entrance Station

Olympic National Park visitors get advice, permits, bear can rentals and maps at the Visitor Center in Port Angeles near the Hurricane Ridge Entrance Station.

High atop Hurricane Ridge, park visitors view a relief map of the park and gaze out the visitor center's windows at the Olympic Mountain Range.

Deeper in the park at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, visitors view a relief map of Olympic National Park and have a grand view of the Olympic Mountains.

Lake Crescent Area

From Port Angeles, Wash., you can take US 101 to Lake Crescent and then access the coast, Hoh Rain Forest area, along with the southern areas of the park. In July 2017, the park and Federal Highway Administration began construction on 12 miles of road around Lake Crescent that is expected to be completed in September 2019. Work will only take place during weekdays. Go to nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit to find out what types of delays you can expect for the time you will be visiting. 

South of Lake Crescent lies the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, a camping area and ancient groves.

Northwest 

Ozette

To explore a lake near the coast and hike along the coast, you can enter the park via Ozette. Head north along 112 until you reach the Hoko-Ozette Road and then drive west toward the coast. This area is home to the Ozette Ranger Station open daily from June through Labor Day and a 2,000-year history of human settlement. The rich legacy left by humans was largely discovered after a storm surge in 1970 eroded banks revealing remarkably preserved artifacts. Archaeologists have unearthed 300-year-old longhouses, more than 50,000 artifacts and clues to an ancient hunting and gathering society.

During whale migration, you can spot gray whales when you walk on one of two three-mile boardwalk trails to the coast. Alternatively, the longer Ozette Loop connects Cape Alava and Sandpoint trails via a 3.1-mile hike on a sandy and rocky beach for a 9-mile loop.

Neah Bay

Seventy-one miles from Port Angeles, you can explore pristine beaches and the rainforest on the northwestern tip of Olympic Peninsula at Neah Bay, home to the Makah tribe. An estimated 1,500 Makah people live in and around Neah Bay today, although up to 4,000 people lived there during prehistoric times. Visit The Makah Cultural and Research Center to see wooden artifacts and learn more about Makah traditions and history.

Shi Shi Beach is not far from the Makah trailhead. Hike two miles from the Makah trailhead to the beach, passing through a lush rainforest before spotting the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Strait of Juan De Fuca to the north. The last section of the trail can be pretty muddy, so it’s a good idea to wear hiking boots. As you leave the forest, the route to the beach is quite steep with ropes to help you navigate down. From the beach, you can walk an additional 2.5 miles to Point of Arches, a parade of sea stacks. But be forewarned. You will need a tide chart if you decide to do this walk. High tides have stranded beach walkers and can lead to potentially dangerous situations.

Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park. Photo by David Krause

Shi Shi Beach

Central West 

Mora

Access the northern coast via the Mora area by taking US 101 to Hwy. 110. You’ll find the Quileute Indian Reservation here, an area of land not part of the park, along with the park’s stunning Rialto Beach, First Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach.

Central

Hoh Rain Forest Entrance

Located 31 miles south of Forks off US 101, the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center offers visitor information, a bookstore and exhibits, along with self-guided nature trails. It is open daily in the summer and open weekends during the off-season. It closes for January and February.

The interior of the remodeled Hoh Visitor Center. Photo by NPS

The interior of the remodeled Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

South 

Lake Quinault

If you are entering the park’s southern boundaries from Aberdeen, you will immediately enter the park at Lake Quinault where you’ll find one of the park’s famed rainforests, along with the Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station. On the opposite side of the lake, on the east side, you’ll find U.S. Forest Service/National Park Service Recreation Information center.

Southwest 

Kalaloch

Approaching the southern end of the park, you can continue west on US 101 past Lake Quinault and enter the park via Hwy. 21 to the Queets area or continue further west to the coast, entering the park at South Beach, followed by Beach 1 and Beach 2. Just north of this string of beaches is the Kalaloch Ranger Station sits on the coast near Kalaloch Lodge.

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General locations of ferries to Olympic National Park

Where is Olympic National Park?

This park is in the northwest corner of the United States in Washington state on the Olympic Peninsula. It contains Pacific Ocean beaches and mountains.