West Elwha River Trail is a 5.9 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.
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.