Elwha River and Lillian River Trail

Whiskey Bend, Washington

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A hike along the mighty Elwha River is a trip into the very heart of the Olympic Peninsula. From its remote point of origin on the rugged southern slopes of Mount Barnes, practically at the exact center of the national park, the Elwha flows 45 miles to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, draining over 300 square miles of surrounding wilderness and passing through one of the largest tracts of old growth left in America. But you don’t need to travel far to experience this historic and wildlife-rich river valley. The hike to Lillian River, one of the Elwha’s major tributaries, will suffice. From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 9 miles. At milepost 240, before the Elwha River Bridge, turn left onto Olympic Hot Springs Road (signed “Elwha Valley”). Follow this good paved road, and in 2 miles enter Olympic also drops to Geyser Valley. Continue on the National Park.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

A hike along the mighty Elwha River is a trip into the very heart of the Olympic Peninsula. From its remote point of origin on the rugged southern slopes of Mount Barnes, practically at the exact center of the national park, the Elwha flows 45 miles to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, draining over 300 square miles of surrounding wilderness and passing through one of the largest tracts of old growth left in America.

But you don’t need to travel far to experience this historic and wildlife-rich river valley. The hike to Lillian River, one of the Elwha’s major tributaries, will suffice. From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 9 miles. At milepost 240, before the Elwha River Bridge, turn left onto Olympic Hot Springs Road (signed “Elwha Valley”). Follow this good paved road, and in 2 miles enter Olympic also drops to Geyser Valley. Continue on the National Park.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Whiskey Bend
Distance: 9.6
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 1,600 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Elwha North-Hurricane Ridge No. 134S, Custom Correct Elwha Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Elwha River and Lillian River Trail

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