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Elwha River
pnwhikes > Olympic Peninsula > Port Angeles
From the trailhead, the trail traverses the slopes of the "Grand Canyon of the Elwha". At 1.2 miles you'll reach a junction with the Rica Canyon Trail. Continue on another 0.5 miles to reach the Krause Bottom Trail. Both of these side trails will take you down into the Geyser Valley. Continue on the main trail for another 0.6 miles to reach Michael's Cabin, a 1906 homestead cabin.

From the cabin, the Long Ridge Trail heads right, but stay left to continue on the Elwha River Trail. You'll climb a bit, away from the river before reaching an elevation of 1,600 feet. At 4.3 miles you will reach a junction with the Lillian River Trail. Stay on the Elwha River Trail and you will reach the Lillian River in 0.5 miles.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
River 54.2 mi 2 / 5 8 / 10 700 ft

User Groups
Hikers, Horses

Accessibility
Year-round

Permits
A National Parks Pass is required to park here
 
Hike Featured In...
Day Hiking Olympic PeninsulaDay Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
By Craig Romano
Driving Directions:
From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 9 miles. At milepost 240, before the Elwha River Bridge, turn left onto Olympic Hot Springs Road (signed "Elwha Valley"). Follow this good paved road, and in 2 miles enter Olympic National Park. In a hair over 2 more miles, just past the Elwha Ranger Station, turn left onto Whiskey Bend Road. Follow this narrow gravel road 4.5 miles to its end at the trailhead. Privy available.
Contact Information:
Olympic National Park
Wilderness Info Center
3002 Mount Angeles Road
Port Angeles, Wa 98362
Tel: 360.565.3100
http://www.nps.gov/olym

Books
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula
Maps
Green Trails #134 Mount Olympus
#134 Mount Olympus
Green Trails #135 Mount Angeles
#135 Mount Angeles
Green Trails #134S Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North
#134S Hurricane Ridge/Elwha North
USGS Hurricane Hill
Hurricane Hill
USGS Mount Angeles
Mount Angeles
USGS Mccartney Peak
Mccartney Peak
USGS Chimney Peak
Chimney Peak
USGS Mount Christie
Mount Christie
Custom Correct Elwha Valley
Elwha Valley
Permits
National Parks Pass
National Parks Pass
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