Several of the park's visitor centers display exhibits of wildlife, plants, geology, and Indian cultures of the Northwest, complemented by informative presentations from rangers and naturalists.
With its close proximity to the sea and the mountains, Olympic National Park is a great place for bird-watching. Bald eagles, blue herons, wild ducks, blue grouse, hawks, gray-crowned rosy finch, and red-headed pileated woodpeckers are only a few of the region's birds.
Rainbow, brook, and sea-run cutthroat trout thrive in the many streams and lakes at Olympic National Park. No license is necessary for fishing within park boundaries, but punch cards are required in season for fishing salmon and steelhead trout. Salmon fishing is excellent in the ocean and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Rafting and sea kayaking trips are offered daily year-round. Many companies in the area organize expeditions. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/olym/pphtml/activities.html.
Olympic National Park's mountains are not very high, but their jagged rock walls make for a challenging climb and attract many enthusiasts each year. Crevassed glaciers and vertical rock walls offer excellent snow and ice climbing. Climbers must register at the ranger station nearest their route. Guided climbs are also available.
The park has 17 major camping areas with 955 campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Wilderness Information Center and ranger stations at the trailheads keep information on backcountry camping for hikers.
Various outfitters conduct guided backpacking trips through Olympic National Park. They include America's Adventure, Mountain Madness, Trailmark Outdoor Adventures, and Wilderness Ventures.
Lodging and Dining
The park has limited lodging facilities. Lake Crescent Lodge, Log Cabin Resort at Lake Crescent, and Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort are open spring through early fall. Kalaloch Lodge on the southwestern edge of the park is open throughout the year. All serve meals.
Nearby Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks, La Push, Quinault, Quilcene, Brinnon, and Hoodsport offer many lodging and dining facilities.
National Park Service
This site outlines park service activities and programs and provides tips for planning your trip. You can also call the Visitor Center at 360-565-3130 for more information.
Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center
This site answers questions about wilderness, trails, permits, reservations, quotas, food storage requirements, or weather. You can also call at 360-565-3100.
Olympic Park Institute
This nonprofit organization provides outdoor education programs for youth and adults.
Go to this site to arrange guided mountain climbing expeditions and to register for special outdoor courses.
Learn about package deals when you visit this site, or call the lodge at 360-962-2271.
Lake Crescent Lodge
Get lodging information and view photos of the area at this website. You can also contact the lodge at 360-928-3211.
Log Cabin Resort
Make reservations at this scenic resort and learn about special tours. Call 360-928-3325 for more information.
Sol Duc Hot Springs
The hot springs at this lodge attract many visitors. Call 360-327-3583 for more information.