West Elwha River Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
#87 of 180 trails in

West Elwha River Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until October.

5.7 miles
1190 feet
Out & Back





wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Port Angeles: Follow Highway 101 westward approximately 8 miles to Elwha River Road, a.k.a. Olympic Hot Springs Road. Turn left and follow the river road southward into Olympic National Park. Three miles from Highway 101 you'll reach the Elwha Campground, continue past this facility to the Elwha Ranger Station. (Here you can obtain trail conditions and camping permits.) Beyond the ranger station veer right as the Whiskey Bend Road leads to the left. Follow this road a short distance to the entrance for Altaire Campground. Park in the campground day-use parking area and begin this hike from the trailhead at the northern end of the campground.

2 months ago

Beautiful moderate/easy hike. I brought friends who were new to hiking, they only wore keds, and while their feet were muddy and wet at they end, they were fine. But I recommend boots.. Hardly no incline, beautiful views of the Elwha river most of the way. Some downed trees and waterfall along the path you have to get past.
Definitely make sure you park by the trail head. Which is located on Hennick Rd. I parked in what I thought was a parking lot but it was a locals driveway. He was nice about it but be cautious. The first .5 miles is on private land.
It took me and my friends 3 hours to do the whole 6.5 miles, it was a very pleasant hike:).

6 months ago

Gorgeous, gorgeous hike. Parts of the forest are as quiet as you can find anywhere and the river! Definitely worth checking out, just don’t get stung by a yellow jacket like I did!

7 months ago

good trail watch on the way back some incline.

9 months ago

Great scenery but the trail was overgrown and there was stinging nettles. Wear pants.

2 months ago

2 months ago

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