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Day Hike - West Elwha Trail

Hoping for springtime flowers along this rolling hike to the Elwha River.

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  • Easy+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

We will be meeting at 8:00 AM at the North Kitsap Viking Park & Ride near the Highway 3/305 Interchange in Poulsbo (21711 Vetter Road).  

It's about an 1 1/2 hour drive to the trailhead plus a stop in Blyn at the Longhouse Market & Deli (there are restrooms).   We will be parking by the gate next to Madison Falls.  Drivers  - ONP parking pass needed.   

We will be shuttling people to the Herrick Road Trailhead (about 15 minutes away) since there is very limited parking.   

There is gain and loss  along the trail, so trekking poles are recommended.   We will make a series of stops to identify flowers, plants, or wildlife (if we're lucky).  And for our lunch stop,  there is  a picnic shelter at the former Altair Campground  close to the river.    If  the weather turns inclement or how the group feels at lunch, we may opt to return via the Road back to Madison Falls TH...close in total mileage but way flatter in comparison. 

Depending on when we complete the hike & the hikers' plans to return home, we may also consider  dinner out TBD.  




West Elwha Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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