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.
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.
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.