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Lake Aldwell Overlook Trail

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
48.0977, -123.5526 Map & Directions
Length
1.4 miles of trails
Elevation Gain
50 feet
A new trail heads into former Lake Aldwell, inviting further exploration into the newly exposed area. Photo by Bob and Barb.
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

With the Elwha Dam gone and the landscape re-sculpted to approximate historic contours, the gravel access road to Elwha Dam has opened to non-motorized travel. There's also a very short trail leaving from the parking area to two observation areas. Continue reading

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Hiking Lake Aldwell Overlook Trail

With the Elwha Dam gone and the landscape re-sculpted to approximate historic contours, the gravel access road to Elwha Dam has opened to non-motorized travel. Hikers can walk along this road to its end where it becomes a trail at the site of former Lake Aldwell.

Another option is the 0.1 mile trail leaving from the parking area near the trailer park, which goes to two overlooks, the second one with a viewfinder for better up-close viewing of the valley. 

If you're hiking the road section, note that the first section of trail is flat enough to be ADA accessible, but then becomes rougher. It is interesting to see old and new vegetation (from pre-and post- dam), giant stumps logged over 100 years ago once again revealed, and the river re-establishing its course in the area.

In addition to an overlook on the dam and Lake Aldwell, hikers can enjoy a view of the Elwha flowing on its way to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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Lake Aldwell Overlook Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.0977, -123.5526 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Port Angeles, take US 101 west to the junction with Highway 112. Follow 112 about one half mile to the sign for the Elwha Dam RV Park and turn left onto Lower Dam Road. There is a parking lot just before the entrance to the trail.

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Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

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