Little River Trail

HARD 6 reviews
#75 of 181 trails in

Little River Trail is a 15.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

15.7 miles
4957 feet
Out & Back




horseback riding





wild flowers


no dogs

From Port Angeles, west 8 miles on U.S. 101 to Elwha Hot Springs Road. Turn left and drive 4 miles to the Whiskey Bend Road. Turn left and drive 5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Beautiful and lots of nature to see (flowers, rain forest, large trees, rivers and wild life). Great views at Hurricane Ridge. This hike is not for beginners, experienced only. The trail head at Hurricane Ridge is not marked and trail is not marked or maintained well. It is overgrown and large trees have fallen across the trail. We lost the trail several times (follow the river). The trail is very steep and narrow. Not all river crossings offer bridges. The hike is 7.7 one way, 15.4 round trip. Very, very difficult up and I would consider dangerous because of steepness and poor footing. This hike is a love/hate. Excellent beauty (5 star), but worried because of dangers and getting lost (1 star). I would not due again unless trail was improved. Experts only!

8 months ago

This trail is a great trail near Port Angeles. It starts in DNR land and enters the National Park at 1.1 miles. It ascends next to river going up and down small hills next to Big rocky faces. We went into the trail about 3 miles deep to do some trail maintenance. Most of our work was logging out downed trees on the trail, fixing the drainage issue right before the 3rd foot log, and fixed the washout before the first foot log. This should be a must do hike in the off season with its low elevation.

Monday, May 27, 2013

A beautiful river hike and gateway to some of the most beautiful locations in the heart of the Olympics. There is a lot of homesteading history along this trail and some of the cabins still remain. Elkhorn has one of the coolest outhouses in the Olympics.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

great hike, peace , quiet

Sunday, April 07, 2013

I loved this hike!!! Not torn up beautiful places to stay. Amazing views, but it isn't the most simply. Definitely not for a beginner but one of the best hikes I have been on