South of Port Angeles, the scenic Elwah River Trail follows the river upstream for 27 miles (1200 feet - 2700) into the Elwha Basin. The spongy trail passes through dark, moist forests of red cedar and douglas fir with beds of ferns and moss. Elwha Basin, in the shadow of Mt. Meany and Mt. Seattle, captures snowmelt and has plenty of subalpine wildflowers. The route does ford the river, so check with rangers prior.
To reach the hiking trailhead from Port Angeles, head west on US101 for 10 miles. Then turn south on Elwha River Road for 4 miles. Next follow Whisky Bend Road for 5 miles to the trailhead.
Overall, Elwha Trail is the 16th most popular hiking trail of all 56 hikes in Washington.