Elwha River from Whiskey Bend

Elwha River from Whiskey Bend is an easy, 23 mile round trip backpack with 1,900 ft in elevation gain. The trail follows the river up past the removed dams to the historic Remanns Cabin and back.

The trail follows part of the 1889-1890 Press Expedition route along the Elwha River in Olympic National Park. That expedition took six months to cross the Olympic Mountains, but one can travel about a third of their route in 3 days. Highlights of the trip include river views, rain forest, and historical cabins. During the last section of the drive to the trailhead will pass the recently removed Elwha River dams. On day 1, hike about 9 miles along the river, gaining about 1,000’. Can camp at Mary’s Falls Camp overlooking the falls. On day two, can day hike further along the river (leaving our tent and overnight gear behind); perhaps to historic Remanns Cabin (about 8 miles round trip), or further as the group decides. On day three, hike 9 miles back to our cars.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 26.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • 1,900 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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