Hiking The Elwha Trail

The 16th most popular hiking trail in Washington.

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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. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Elwha Trail including Hoh River Trail, South Coast Trail, North Wilderness Beach, North Fork Skokomish Trail, South Fork Hoh Trail and East Fork Quinault River Trail (Enchanted Valley)Queets River Trail.

Elwha Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  ONF (360) 565-3130; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800

Recommended Book:  "Backpacking Washington" from Craig Romano

Recommended Map:  "Olympic National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Rooster Hill Inn (360) 452-4933

Luxury Loding:  Log Cabin Resort (360)928-3325; Lake Crescent Lodge (360)928-3211; Sol Duc Hot Springs (360)327-3583

Breakfast Restaurant:  Haguewoods & First Street Haven Cafe, Port Angeles

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/olym/

GPS:  47.9688, -123.5831

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  7/16/2016

ID:  11577

Elwha Trail Hiking Map


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