Can I Bring My Pet to Olympic National Park?

To protect the wildlife and flora, pets are prohibited in most areas in the park. Here we list a few places you CAN take your dog plus pet-friendly lodging.

If you are imagining a trip to Olympic National Park where you and your dog hike miles in the backcountry, followed by overnights at the beach, you will be sorely disappointed when you arrive in the park.

To protect the wildlife and park’s flora, pets are prohibited in public buildings, on boats on park rivers, designated wilderness areas, including overnight backcountry areas.

Olympic Trails for You and Your Pet

Here are the areas where you can bring your dog: the Spruce Railroad Trail, Peabody Creek Trail, Madison Falls Trail, all Kalaloch beaches from Ruby Beach south to South Beach and Rialto Beach on the .8-mile stretch north to Ellen Creek. This is day use only, not overnight.

Lake Cushman near Hoodsport in Autumn
The pet-friendly Spruce Railroad Trail runs along Lake Crescent and begins in an old orchard. Photo by Justin BailieJustin Bailie

In the areas where dogs are permitted, they must be leashed at all times. Leashes cannot be longer than 6 feet. Park officials ask that you pick up after your pet and you never leave your pet unattended.

Boarding and Pet-Friendly Lodges

If you are interested in boarding your pet, there are a number of kennels in Port Angeles north of the park. You also can find pet-friendly lodges.

In the Forks area, there are a couple of lodging options, including the Kalaloch Lodge and Miller Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast, that offer pet-friendly rooms.

At Kalaloch, there are a number of pet-friendly cabins. It costs $25 as a nonrefundable, one-time fee to stay with a pet, and there is a maximum of two dogs per cabin. Kalaloch also offers the “Pampered Pooch Package” that includes one-night stay, a home-made dog treat, a set of travel food and water bowls, pet waste bags and a pooch toy. Call 866-662-9928 and use the promo code “GOODDOG” to make your reservation for this package.

At Miller Tree Inn, you can stay in the Orchard Suite, which is a room that can accommodate up to four people and is attached to the inn via a breezeway. It costs an additional $10 per night to have your pet stay with you in the Orchard room.