Olympic National Park sets use fee hikes, free days for 2017

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Users of Olympic National Park can expect fee increases this year.

The hikes are part of a three-year phased rise in user fees that started in 2015.

Effective Jan. 10, overnight wilderness use permits will increase in price, from $5 to $8 nightly and from $35 to $45 for an annual wilderness pass.

On June 1, the seven-day motorcycle entrance fee increases from $15 to $20.

Entrance fees apply to people 16 years of age and older; youths 15 years old and younger enter the park for free.

Olympic National Park’s regular entrance fee is $25 per car. On fee free days, other park fees, including wilderness camping and campground fees, remain in effect. The Olympic National Park annual pass costs $50.

With other national park areas across the country, Olympic National Park will offer free admission on the following days in 2017:

• Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

• Feb. 20: Presidents Day.

• April 15-16, 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week.

• Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday.

• Sept. 30: National Public Lands Day.

• Nov. 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend.

For more information about senior, access and military passes that provide free entry, visit www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

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