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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

 

 

 

Location: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson,  Mason counties, WA   Map

Area: 922,650 acres (373,380 ha)

 

 

 

Description of Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is located in Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason counties in Washington state in United States. Olympic National Park covers a massive area of 922,650 acres (373,380 ha). Olympic National Park is located in the interior of Olympic peninsula. Territory of the nature reserve is covered by several climatic zones, each of which has formed its own unique landscape. This includes beaches of the Pacific ocean, cold rainforest, lakes, alpine meadows, valleys, cliffs and snow- capped mountains. Almost 95% of the Olympic National Park is covered by virgin forests with a network of hiking trails. One of the most famous and picturesque trails is a Maple Trail, which passes through the ancient forests covered with moss.
 
Central part of the Olympic National Park is cut by a mountain range that reaches a height of 2400 meters. It divides nature reserve into two parts, defining its climatic zone. Western part of Olympic National Park is covered by rainforests that is hit by high degree of annual precipitation. This region get hit by rain almost on daily bases. Dense fogs commonly cover these lands. Keep this in mind if you want to spend some time here. Eastern part of the Olympic National park on the hand is significantly drier.

 

 

 

 

Fees and permits

Entrance fees for the park are valid for seven days and cost $20 for a private vehicle and its occupants, $10 for a motorcycle, or $7 for an individual (on foot, bicycle, motorcycle). Children ages 15 and younger are admitted free of charge. An annual pass to the park costs $30 and is good for one year from the month of purchase. Park entrance fees may be waived for school group visits when class curriculum relates to park resources.

There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Olympic National Park:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

Fees for commercial tour buses are:

Vans with 7 to 15 seats = $75
Minibus with 16 to 25 seats = $100
Motorcoach with 26 or more seats = $200
All vehicles travelling to Hurricane Ridge during the winter season (November - April) are required to carry tire chains.

 

 

 

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