The Daniel J. Evans Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness"
as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964
. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques
when visiting the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.
-- Unless otherwise specified, no motorized equipment or mechanical transport, with the exception of wheelchairs, is allowed.
-- Pets are prohibited except on leash on the Spruce Railroad Trail and, from Rialto Beach north to Ellen Creek, and on the Kalaloch beach strip between the Hoh and Quinault Indian Reservations.
-- Bicycles and other whelled devices are prohibited except on the Spruce Railroad Trail on the north shore of Lake Crescent.
-- Weapons use is prohibited.
-- Campfires are allowed below 3,500 feet only.
-- Campfires are not allowed on the coast between the headland at Wedding Rocks and the headland north of Yellow Banks.
-- All visitors are required to secure food (including dehydrated and canned), garbage and other scented items from wildlife 24 hours a day.
-- Hard-sided containers such as bear canisters are required for food storage on the coast, in the Sol Duc/High Divide/7 Lakes Basin area/ Royal Lake/Royal Basin area and anywhere else food cannot be hung at least 12 ft. high and 10 ft. our from the nearest tree trunk.
-- Fishing is allowed, but follow fishing regulations
-- Wilderness Camping Permits are required for all overnight stays in undeveloped (backcountry) areas of the park. Permits costs $5 to register your party then $2 per person per night for those over age 15. Reservation requests must be submitted at least two weeks before the start of your trip. Reservations for Wilderness Permits will be accepted via email, U.S. Mail, or in person at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles. Additional regulations exist for quota areas.
-- Group size for overnight wilderness trips is limited to 12 people. Larger groups are not permitted. Affiliated groups may not combine to form a group of more than 12 people at any time, and must camp and travel at least 1 mile apart.
-- In the following areas, groups of between 7 and 12 persons must camp in designated group sites: Sol Duc/7 Lakes Basin, Hoh Lake Trail, Hoh River Trail, Grand Valley, Upper Lena Lake, and Lake Constance.
-- Only horses, mules, burros and llamas are allowed as pack animals.
-- Stock is limited to 8 animals.
-- Camping with pack animals above 3,500 feet is prohibited except in designated stock camps.
-- Pack animals are not permitted to travel off maintained trails above 3,500 feet.
-- Stock are prohibited on the following trails: All nature trails; All beaches and beach access trails from park boundary north of Shi Shi beach south to the Quinault Indian Reservation; Quinault Area: Wynoochee Trail, Sundown Lake Trail, Graves Creek Trail, Big Creek Trail, Elip Creek Trail, O'Neil Pass Trail, Skyline Trail, and Martin's Park Trail; Hoh Area: The Hoh River Trail is closed to stock beyond the Martin's Creek Stock Camp; Lake Crescent/Sol Duc Area: Barnes Creek Trail, Sol Duc Campground Trail, Eagle Lakes Trail, Aurora Creek Trail, Lunch Lake Trail, and Mt. Storm King Trail; Elwha/Hurricane Area: Hurricane Hill Trail, Madison Falls Trail, Griff Creek Trail, Cascade Rock Trail, .4 mile Lake Mills Trail, West Lake Mills Trail, Olympic Hot Springs Trail from the Boulder Creek Bridge to hot springs; Hood Canal Area: Wagon Wheel Lake Trail, Upper Lena Lake Trail, Putvin Primitive Trail, Lake Constance Trail, Flapjack Lakes Trail, Six Ridge Trail, Mt. Anderson Glacier Trail, Black & White Lakes Trail, Rapids Loop/Four Stream Trail, South Fork Skokomish Trail.