Contact Information

  • Olympic National Park
    • Olympic National Park Visitor Center
      3002 Mount Angeles Road
      Port Angeles, WA 98362
    • Visitor Information
      (360) 565-3130
    • (TTY)1-800-833-6388
    • Hours Vary Throughout Seasons


Olympic Wilderness Permit Information:

As with any governmental agency, the Olympic Wilderness is plagued with bureaucracy and while they will say otherwise, the permit process is becoming more difficult every year. This has a lot to do with the amazing increase in visitors to the Olympics, the financial struggle of the National Park System, and society’s numbness to wilderness etiquette. Life is change but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept when a person remembers how it was. I’m glad there are more people visiting, but on the other hand, I am noticing a lot more trash, disrespect, and road kill that is prevalent in a “me, I just want to have fun” society. As a result, here is the current wilderness permit process.


The main office for WIC (Wilderness Information Center) is at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. The address is above so check because their hours change throughout the seasons.


I enjoy going in to get the permit. The rangers are helpful, courteous, and “down to earth”. Pay close attention to them because they are like you and me but their job requires them to talk like a lawyer – There will be many hidden messages in what they are telling you. Be civil with them. They don’t know you, and, have no clue how much you may or may not know about the wilderness – It is their job to avoid law suits. I’m sure many would be amazed at the complete idiotic lawyer fees filed that could of been avoided if the plaintiff had any grasp of “common sense.” Then again, I guess it isn’t up to me to decide what “common sense” is.


Here is the Olympic National Park Permit Process.

  • Some areas like Grand Lake, Sol Duc area, and Glacier Meadows to mention a few are 50% quota areas.

    • 50% are reservations
    • 50% are first come, first serve in person at WIC during  business hours.
  • Some areassuchasFlapjack Lakes, Upper Lena Lake, and Lake Constance are 100% quotable.

    • 100% are reservation only.
    • They will ask you if you have a bear canister.
      • You don’t have to donate but the $3 isn’t much to ask for if you don’t have one.
  • Link to WIC’s Information Page.

  • Email is for questions only.

  • In Person:

    •  Locations
      • Port Angeles Visitors Center (Address Above)
      • Quinault Ranger Station
        • Phone: (360) 288-0232
        • South Shore Lake Quinault Forest Service Ranger Station.
      • Staircase Ranger Station
        • Phone: (360) 877-5569
        • Lake Cushman near Hoodsport
    • Have an idea/itinerary of where you want to go. There is usually a line of visitors behind you.
    • Write down questions so you remember to ask them.
    • Have a plan “B”. Campsites fill up fast in quota areas. Make sure you do this at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Snail Mail and Facsimile (FAX) aka. Online:

    • Here is the link to the form
    • Fill out form and Mail it in with a stamp an envelope.
      • They are very fast in responding.
      • I live in Washington and have had a permit in my mailbox within 4 days.
      • They are incredibly busy so giving them more time will be less stressful for everyone.
      • Do NOT email it to them.
        • This will protect you and your credit card number.

Topographical Maps:


Longway is the trail name for Tim Todd and is quite fitting due to the fact that every aspect of his life consist of taking the longest route and time to arrive. For Longway the journey is the destination.

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