Elwha River Trail


Ecosystem Type: River Valley, montane forest
Trail Tread Types: maintained
General Elevation Trend: mild
Unique Features:

Trail Information

Backcountry Permits: Required for overnight trips - Obtain at Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.
Camping: Please camp only in established camps or on bare ground to prevent vegetation damage.
Level of Difficulty: mild
Distance: 27.9 miles
Elevation Change: 1198 ft. to 3650 ft.
Best Season: May through October
Connecting Trails: Long Ridge Trail, Lillian River Trail, Dodger Point Trail, Hayden Pass Trail, North Fork Quinault River Trail,Humes Ranch Loop
Stock: Open to stock - see regulations

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Please Leave No Trace of your stay to help protect park resources and to prevent further camping regulations. Camp on bare ground only.

Camping: Good campsites are located at Lillian Camp, Mary's Falls, Canyon Camp, Elkhorn, Hayes River, Camp Wilder and Chicago Camp.

Fires: Fires are not allowed above 3,500 feet.

Wildlife Precautions: Save the Bears! Please properly secure your food to protect bears and yourself. Do not feed any wild animals! Bears are common in the Elwha Valley, especially during the spring and early summer.

Safety: When traveling on snow, bring an ice axe and know how to use it.

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