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COVID-19 Updates

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK:

July 1, 2020 Update

Park Rangers are available on the front porch at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. A table on the front porch is staffed with a Discover Your Northwest sales area. Staff are also available to answer phones and emails.

Visitor Information
(360) 565-3130

Road & Weather Hotline
(360) 565-3131

For a comprehensive list of what is opened in the National Park including Wilderness Permits please see https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Closed:

  • The coastal area of Olympic National Park at La Push (Second Beach and Third Beach) and Shi Shi Beach remain closed until further notice. These area closures include the parking lots, trails, and beaches.
  • The following park roads are closed at the park boundary:
    • The Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road in the Elwha Valley are closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls parking area due to the washout of Olympic Hot Springs Road.
    • Deer Park Road remains closed until road work and gravelling is completed. The road is anticipated to open in early July.
  • All overnight camping in coastal wilderness is currently suspended until further notice. To make changes to or cancel existing wilderness permit reservations affected by this closure, please contact the Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100 (Option 4) or email Olym_WIC@nps.gov.
  • Some drive-in park campgrounds remain closed:
  • Please reach out to the lodging concessioners for questions related to their level of operations.
    • Fairholme Store will remain closed this season.
  • For information on specific lodging in the Park visit:

Kalaloch Lodge

https://www.thekalalochlodge.com/covid-19-updates

Lake Crescent, Lake Quinault, Sol Duc Resort, Log Cabin Resort

https://www.olympicnationalparks.com/alerts/2020/covid-19-guest-updates/

OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST

June 11, 2020

Key public messages:

  • Self-Reliant Recreation…expect no services or limited services, be ready for a new experience
  • Leave No Trace…bury waste or pack it out, pack out garbage
  • Responsible Recreation…know before you go, be prepared, and follow the rules. Limit resource damage to ensure opportunities continue for all.
  • Vandalism and non-compliance equal reduced services now and into the future.
Trailheads All Trailheads are OPEN except Mt. Ellinor Lower, Mt. Ellinor Upper, Mt. Muller, Jefferson Ridge, Jefferson Lake, and Elk Lake THs.  

However, amenities and services at Trailheads are not necessarily open.  Visitors should expect to be self-sufficient and self-reliant.

No water, No restrooms, No trash collection should be expected

Certain locations, however, may have services.  If services are provided, fees apply.

Day Use Areas: All Day Use Sites are OPEN.

However, amenities and services at Day Use Areas are not.  Visitors should expect to be self-sufficient and self-reliant.

No water, No restrooms, No trash collection should be expected

Certain locations, however, may have services.  If services are provided, fees apply.

Pacific Ranger District Campgrounds Willaby, Gatton Creek, and Falls Creek are OPEN

All other Campground openings are closed at this time

Quinault Lodge is OPEN but has modified operations, guests are encouraged to call the Lodge directly for more information and details.

   
Fees All open campgrounds will have the same expanded amenity fee as previous years.  Campgrounds will have all amenities previously provided.

 

Trailheads & Day Use sites with standard amenity fees will only have a fee if it has operational restrooms.  This will change throughout the summer, location by location.  Currently fees apply at Rainforest Trailhead, Lena Lake Trailhead, and Big Creek Trailhead.

Trails While trails are open, trail volunteers have not been out on the trails since mid-March.  Visitors should expect a lower maintained trail network initially.  A more primitive experience in trails, especially those in designated wilderness, is likely all summer. Trail users should be encouraged to utilize the online trail register to share trail conditions.
Current Closures Maple Fire Area Closure is still in effect. 

Mt. Ellinor and Washington Area Closure is still in effect.

This will be a very different recreation season on the forest.  If you have questions, contact your local Forest Service Office at 360-374 6522.  It gets forwarded to Quinault. You can also call Quinault directly at 360-288 2525.

WASHINGTON STATE PARKS:

Washington State Parks will open their campgrounds on Monday, July 6. There are two state parks with camping in Clallam County. They are Bogachiel and Sequim Bay state parks, and reservations are required (click here).

CLALLAM COUNTY PARKS:

Clallam County Parks opened camping July 1 but sites must also be reserved. Reservations are being accepted (click here) for the Dungeness Recreation Area and Salt Creek Recreation Area only.

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (DNR)

DNR Lands open to day-use https://www.dnr.wa.gov/open#olympicregion 

CLOSED:

Clallam Bay / Sekiu Visitor Center

Forever Twilight in Forks Collection

Forks Logging and Mill Tour

Forks Timber Museum

Hoh Reservation

John’s Beachcombing Museum (CLOSED FOR 2020)

Makah Reservation (Closed until further notice) https://makah.com/

Quileute Reservation (Closure extended to August 7) including Third, Second, First Beaches. Quileute Days has been cancelled.

SELF-GUIDED TWILIGHT TOUR:

Miller Tree Inn B&B (“The Cullen House”) is only open to registered guests. Those NOT staying with MTI, are welcome to take pictures from the road. There is a sign with a QR code posted at the front, where fans can get a professionally taken graduation cap picture sent to their phone.  

Forks Community Hospital asks fans to park at the church and walk over to view Dr. Cullen’s Parking Spot. Monday – Friday: If you would like to see and buy swag you can ring the bell at the admin building and stay outside. You can view the items through glass door and they will bring it outside.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS:

Restaurants are open for seating and/or takeout. Click here for a complete guide. 

WASHINGTON’S PHASED APPROACH:

Clallam County’s Health Officer has estimated the following dates for phases to begin: 

Phase 2 – June 1 (our current phase)

Phase 3 – estimate: July 21

Phase 4 – estimate: unknown

See the Washington’s Phased Approach chart on this link