Backpack - Elwha Valley

Elwha Valley

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11:00 AM at Elwha Ranger Station
This trip is intended for beginner hikers who have just completed the 2009 Backpack Class headed by Todd Mitchell. This trip visits a very beautiful section of the lower Elwha Valley - with broad meadows and many deer. The wild river is close to camp. Since this may be your first backpack, we'll spend much time answering questions and take good care of you. Come with your basic backpack including rain gear and food. Food will be stored on a bear wire. Organized side trips in the Elwah Valley are possible. Experienced backpackers are encouraged to sign up with the leader as co-leaders. Recommended maps are either Greentrails Mt. Olympus or Custom Correct Hurricane Ridge. Check a WA road map to locate the turn from Hwy 101 into the Elwha Valley five miles past Port Angeles. There is a $10 fee for cars entering the Olympic park, and a $5 fee for an overnight backpack permit. We will meet at the Ranger Station 0.5 mile past the entrance station. Note that it’s good to leave Seattle by 6 am. The ferry crossing is unpredictable and can consume more time than expected. If you have any questions contact me Len Anderson at or 360-681-4984 home or 360-808-0689 cell.
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