General Location: 9 miles south of junction of Highway 101 and Olympic Hot Springs Road. Elwha River Valley
Trailhead: Whiskey Bend Trailhead
Notices: Please obtain Wilderness Camping Permits at the Wilderness Informaton Center in Port Angeles year round.
Ecosystem type: Lowland forest, lowland river valley
Trail tread types: Well-maintained
General elevation trend: Moderate
River crossings: None
Unique features: Historic homesteads and meadows; opportunities to view deer, elk and bear
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 2.5 miles to Humes Ranch
Elevation change: 102 feet elevation gain to Humes Ranch. 450 feet elevation gain on the way back. High point 1300 feet.
Best Season: All year
Elwha River Trail
Humes Ranch Loop
Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the WIC in Port Angeles. Reservations are not available.
Food Storage Method: Community bear wires are available near the large meadow below the Humes Cabin.
Location and sites: Humes Ranch, Krause Bottom (bear canisters required)
Toilet Facilities: None, bury human waste 6-8 inches deep at least 200 feet from campsites and water sources.
Pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Elwha River and various side streams - Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent getting Giardia.
Stock: Camp only in established sites.
Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in established sites only. Please camp lightly to protect vegetation.
Fires: Use preexisting fire rings and dead and down wood only.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day.
Safety: Bears are common in this area during the spring and summer months.