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Elk Creek Conservation Area

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast
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Length

2.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

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This interpretive trail outside of Forks is in a property purchased from the Rayonier Forest Resources Timber Company in 2004 and donated to the North Olympic Land Trust in 2009. Now part of the land trust's larger work, it's a great trail for a midday walk or a leg stretch during a long drive.

From the start, you descends into mossy forest along Elk Creek, which can get quite full during the spring runoff season. You'll hike along riparian forest, which here looks similar to an old-growth temperate rainforest thanks to the amount of rain this part of Washington gets. Near the creek there are two massive old trees called "The Sisters"; worth a stop and a few minutes of contemplation.

The way used to continue on past the creek, but currently the bridge is out, making the round trip about 2.5 miles. The creek, a tributary of the Calawah River, provides wild coho, steelhead, cutthroat trout and chinook salmon! The trail used to be a logging road, but volunteers and folks with the Land Trust transformed it into a lovely, quiet path through the woods

 

Elk Creek Conservation Area

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9607, -124.3515 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

North Olympic Land Trust

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Getting There

Take Highway 101 west from Port Angeles approximately 50 miles to the city of Forks. Turn left (east) on Calawah Way. After approximately two miles, there will be a small parking lot on the right. Foot access only beyond this point.

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