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Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

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Area Management

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.

Wilderness Camping Permits A Wilderness Camping Permit is 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.

General Regulations Regulations are meant to help protect wilderness as well as wilderness users.

Pets, weapons use, vehicles, bicycles and other wheeled devices are not permitted on park trails, meadows, beaches or in any undeveloped area of the park.

Bicycles are permitted on the Spruce Railroad Trail on the north shore of Lake Crescent.

Campfires are allowed below 3,500 feet only. This helps protect subalpine forests and soils.

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 all 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.

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.

Only horses, mules, burros and llamas are allowed as pack animals.

Group Size Oversize parties can damage the wilderness and impact the experience of other visitors. Group size for overnight wilderness trips is limited to 12 people and 8 stock. 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. See Group Camping for more information.

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.

Fishing Regulations No licenses are needed for fishing in Olympic National Park. Please check park fishing regulations.

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