(Hiking Maps) Trails on the Olympic Peninsula

Trail maps are needed for trip planning for hiking the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest.  Time spent doing pre-trip researching, can make or break the success of the adventure.   It is best to learn and study how to properly read a topographical map. Need help? Check out Olympic National Forest vs Olympic National Park article.

Free (Digital) Olympic National Park Map

The National Park service gives out free hand out tourist type maps.  These are not for any kind of navigation and you should not bring these on the trail.  They are attended for planning only.  Do not make this mistake.

Instead use a detailed topographical map of the area.  This details terrain features, water supply and  milage.  Example:  Off trail travel I use 7.5 minute USGS quadrangle detail map.

Olympic National Park Hiking Map
Olympic National Park Wilderness Campsite Map Download

Wilderness Campsite Map features the maintained trails (call Ranger Station for current conditions).  It also details where the campsites are located in the Park.  Brown tents mean, established campsites.  Red tents mean, established campsites that are in a quota area; you need reservations to stay there during peak visitor times of year.  Basic milage is also listed on this map.  Quota areas are also highlighted.  Backpacking Olympic National Park can be done almost year around, if you know the select areas this is possible. Need help getting a camping permit? Check out my in depth guide to getting a backcountry wilderness camping permit.

Please call the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles for current trail conditions and be sure to ask details about your campsite selection; such as water, space and reservation possibilities.

Additionally, you want to make sure that a bear canister is not required for the area you will be camping overnight in.

Free Olympic National Forest Hiking Maps

Olympic National Forest Map
Digital Olympic National Forest Hiking Map

The Olympic National Forest manage lands borders much of the National Park interior. However, National Forest is much more recreational friendly. This allows for pets to be on trail and lax camping rules (such as dispersed camping on the road systems). Hiking and camping in the Olympic National Forest can be just or equally rewarding, because it gives a person a greater view into the mountains and even outwards into the cities that make up or surround the Olympic Peninsula.

Valuable Hiking and Camping Planning Resources

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Researching a hike? Be sure to check out my Olympic National Park guide list.

Last updated in March 2017 by Barefoot Jake