Visitors to the Hamma Hamma Campground will attest to the delightful Living Legacy Interpretive Trail. The 1.5 mile trail tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps through interpretive signs and photographs along the way.
It begins at the east bulletin board in the Hamma Hamma Campground and ends in the campground loop. The first quarter-mile is wide, barrier-free gravel tread along the river. At the end of this section is a bench providing a nice viewpoint across the water.
From the end of this section, the rest of the trail is a bit more rugged. The following 1.25 miles involves steeper grades and narrower tread, offering a more traditional trail experience. Along the way, the trail crosses the road twice, but there are signs where it picks up again in the woods.
Throughout the entire hike, you'll wind your way through cedar, Douglas-fir, maple, moss and rhododendron. In the right season, you might even see huckleberries.
Listen to the roar of Watson Creek, which parallels the trail for one side of the loop. The signs brings context to this area. During the Depression, the CCC built many of the trails and structures that are still found today in the Olympics. An example of their handiwork is the Forest Service cabin, which is available for rent.
Note: Please give the cabin property privacy as you pass by. Visitation requires reservations, to be made here.