Olympic National Park With Horses: Stock Use


Stock Use

Horseback is a great way to experience Olympic National Park. With more than 365 miles of trail maintained for stock use and no extra stock animal fee, Olympic National Park is very friendly to those who would like to travel by horse, mule, burro, or llama.

Where are stock animals allowed in Olympic National Park?

365 miles of trail in Olympic National Park are maintained for stock use. Check the current condition of the trail before beginning your trip. Call the WIC for current trail reports.

Trails for Experienced Stock and Stock Users: 

  • North Fork Skokomish River Trail to First Divide 
  • West Fork Dosewallips River Trail to Anderson Pass 
  • Dosewallips River Trail to Hayden Pass. 
  • Heart O’ the Hills to Lake Angeles 
  • Heart O’ the Hills to Heather Park 
  • Elwha River Trail to Low Divide 
  • Sol Duc/Seven Lakes Basin Loop 
  • Hoh River Trail to Martin Creek Stock Camp 
  • Hoh Lake Trail 
  • North Fork Quinault River Trail to Low Divide 
  • East Fork Quinault River Trail to Enchanted Valley 
  • Wolf Creek Trail

Trails for Very Experienced Stock and Stock Users: 

  • Duckabush River Trail to First Divide (windfall, heavy brush, narrow tread, a river crossing and puncheon bridges require experienced riders) 
  • Gray Wolf River Trail to Gray Wolf Pass 
  • Lillian River Trail 
  • Happy Lake Trail (limited turn-around for truck and trailer)Boulder Creek to Sol Duc Valley via Appleton Pass (limited turn-around) 
  • Bogachiel River Trail to the Mink Lake Trail junction 
  • Queets River Trail

Stock Facilities

Overnight holding corrals are available at: 

  • Hoh Ranger Station 
  • Staircase Ranger Station 
  • The “barn site” 1/4 mile from the Eagle Ranger Station, with reservations 
  • Elwha Campsite/Whiskey Bend

Backcountry Facilities

Hitchracks are provided at: 

  • Elkhorn Ranger Station 
  • Hayes River Ranger Station (Elwha River Trail) 
  • Olympic Hot Springs Trail just below the Boulder Creek Campground 
  • Olympus Guard Station (Hoh River Trail) 
  • Enchanted Valley (East Fork Quinault River Trail) 
  • On the Elwha River Trail, Elkhorn has a drift fence enclosure 
  • Press Valley and Camp Wilder have a single drift fence.

Do I need a permit to have stock animals in the park?

At time of publishing, there is no additional fee or permit for bringing your stock animal into Olympic National Park.

What else do I need to know about bringing stock animals into the park? 

  • Pellets and rolled grain are required for supplemental feed to prevent the spread on invasive species. 
  • Use existing hitch-rails to restrain animals. 
  • Do not tether stock to trees. 
  • Groups are limited to a maximum of 12 persons and 8 head of stock. 
  • Only stock allowed within Olympic National Park are horses, mules, burros, and llamas. 
  • Pack animals may not be tied within 150 feet of any developed campground.

Any questions about bringing stock into the park should be directed to the Wilderness Information Center: (360) 565-3100

For specific stock rules, check the Olympic National Park’s “Stock Use” page: http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/wilderness-stock-use.htm

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