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Trip Report    

Day Hike: Little River - Hurricane Hill - Elwha River Traverse

A beautiful and strenuous traverse (5000' and 15 miles) with diverse ecosystems and views.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • No snow, a few non-biting gnats (no mosquitos) with perfect weather the entire day.  The trail was a bit thin for a short section below the rock outcrop near the western end of Hurricane Ridge.

A beautiful and strenuous traverse (5000' and 15 miles) with diverse ecosystems and views. From the lush, verdant, and rain foresty Little River trail (used for the 9 mile ascent), the open meadows of Hurricane Ridge with expansive views in all directions, to the dry and rain shadowy climax forest of the Elwha River - Hurricane Hill trail (used for the 6 mile descent). The 5:30AM Edmonds ferry allowed an 8AM meeting time at the Elwha Ranger Station. We left a car for the return leg of our journey (as well as a last use of rest rooms), then squeezed our party of 5 into the remaining car for the short drive to the Little River trailhead from which we headed out at 8:30AM. Trip times were 5 hours up, 2.5 hours down, and an hour on the summit. Photos from this and prior trips can be seen here.

 

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Brian Pickrell
Brian Pickrell says:
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 5:10 AM

Thanks, Dave! Sounds like a great hike and I'm really glad to learn about it.