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West Elwha Trail

Intermediate
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This mossy forested trail travels the west bank of the silty Elwah River.


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2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

Point to Point

666' 203 m

High

316' 96 m

Low

530' 162 m

Up

226' 69 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Moderate grades, a manageable length, and fantastic views of the river and nearby wildflowers make this trail a fantastic option for families with children.

Description

This trail starts at the north end of the now closed Altair Campground near its boat launch. The grade is mostly mellow although there is a bit of a climb early on in order to cross a creek. Wind through dense, mossy forest following the Elwah River valley.

There are good views of the river from the Hughes Creek bridge area and connoisseurs of wildflowers will have plenty to look at. The trail makes one last approach to the river before crossing Freeman Creek and then veering away, climbing up out of the valley. Hike through a short stretch of private property before terminating at the end of Herrick Road.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns, flowers (trillium, violets, geranium, larkspur, paintbrush), mushrooms, maple, old growth trees. Bear, deer, ducks.

Contacts

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Megan W

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Ferny mossy forest along the West Elwha Trail (Photo by bensonk42)
Apr 8, 2015 near Port An…, WA
The Elwah River full of silty water (Photo by bensonk42)
Apr 8, 2015 near Port An…, WA
The West Elwah Trail crosses several side creeks along the way (Photo by bensonk42)
Apr 8, 2015 near Port An…, WA

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