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Elwha Valley/Whiskey Bend TH {Humes Ranch Loop}

  • Stadium Tully's

    24 North Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA (map)

    47.264425 -122.448391

  • Located on the corner of Tacoma Ave and N 1st St. Ample, all-day parking is located nearby. Please do NOT park in the Stadium Thriftway lot for the day! You WILL get towed!
  • Price: $15.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • Time-frame for the day: 7:30AM-6:00PM

    Meet at Stadium Tully's: 7:30AM (depart around 7:45)

    (plan some extra time for Stadium Way construction!)

    Current forecast (Port Angeles): High of 61. 10% chance of rain

    Humes Ranch Loop - 5.65 Miles

    {Elwha Valley - Whiskey Bend Trailhead}

    Round-Trip Length: 5.65 Miles (add .3 miles roundtrip to Goblin Gates) Start-End Elevation: 1,190' - 1,190' (1,370' max elevation) Elevation Change: +180' net elevation gain (+925' total roundtrip elevation gain) Skill Level: Moderate+

    Dogs Allowed: No Bikes Allowed: No Horses Allowed: Yes

    Pass Required? NO (National Parks Week-FREE entry today!)



    The Elwha River Trail stretches 28.4 miles south from Whiskey Bend Road to Low Divide (3,602'), and continues another 16.4 miles as the North Fork Quinault River Trail to form one of the longest contiguous hiking routes in Olympic National Park.

    While the main trail artery is primarily used by backpackers, there are several short day hikes that branch off into the lower Elwha River Valley and historic Geyser Valley district. 

    The Elwha River Trail joins the Humes Ranch Trail and Rica Canyon Trail to form a varied loop through lowland forests, open meadows, river bottomlands, and historic cabin sites. The following description travels clockwise on the loop: (counter-clockwise is easiest)

    The trail rises steadily to the Rica Canyon Trail (1.2 miles : 1,247') and drops gently past the Krause Bottom Trail (1.6 miles : 1,127') to Michaels' Cabin at the Humes Meadow Trail split (1.9 miles : 1,118'). 

    Michael's Cabin was occupied by 'Cougar Mike', a local sharpshooter who made a living hunting mountain lion and maintaining trails and phone lines for the Geyser Valley community. 

    The Humes Meadow Trail veers right at Michaels Cabin and drops sharply past the Dodger Point Trail split (2.15 miles : 1,195') to Humes Cabin (2.4 miles : 910'). 

    Humes Cabin is located in a slender meadow from which a trail splits south to campsites in a much larger meadow (Humes Meadow). Elk and bear are frequently seen in this area. 

    A narrow-cut trail bends north from Humes Cabin and drops to a trail split for Rica Canyon and Goblin Gates (3.05 miles : 902'). 

    The Rica Canyon Trail leads down toward the river, but fades in heavy brush before reaching it. This is a fine excursion for those with time, but easier river access awaits. 

    Keep straight and follow signs for Goblin Gates, which drops to a scenic opening right on the Elwha River (3.3 miles : 770'). This is a fine place to step off trail and explore the yawning river corridor. 

    The trail levels by the river and back into a pleasant bottomland just beside it. You'll pass one particularly nice campsite at 3.5 miles (772') en route to the Rica Canyon Trail - Goblin Gates split (4.05 miles : 790'). 

    Goblin Gates is a rocky outcrop that stands over a tumultuous point where the river is forced through the high, narrow walls of Rica Canyon. This easy .3 mile roundtrip excursion is highly recommended. 

    The Rica Canyon Trail turns uphill from the Goblin Gates spur and climbs 473' in just .4 miles back to the Elwha Trail to complete the loop (4.45 miles : 1,263'). Retrace your steps back to the trailhead (5.65 miles).

    +GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84

    View these GPS points on a Google Map


    • N[masked]  W[masked] — 0.0 miles : Whiskey Bend Trailhead
    • N[masked] W[masked] — 1.2 miles : Rica Canyon Trail split
    • N[masked] W[masked] — 1.6 miles : Krause Bottom Trail split
    • N[masked] W[masked] — 1.9 miles: Humes Ranch Trail split
    • N[masked] W[masked] — 2.15 miles : Dodger Point Trail split
    • N[masked]  W[masked] — 2.45 miles : Humes Cabin - Campsite access
    • N[masked] W[masked] — 3.05 miles : Elwha River Trail access split
    • N[masked] W[masked] — 3.3 miles : Trail levels beside river
    • N[masked]  W[masked] — 3.8 miles : Level trail through Krause Bottom
    • N[masked]  W[masked] — 4.0 miles : Split to Goblin Gates
    • N[masked] W[masked] — 4.35 miles : Steep climb back to Elwha Trail
    • N[masked] W[masked] — 5.65 miles : Whiskey Bend Trailhead



    • The trail segment that runs along the river between Humes Cabin and Goblin Gates is frequently referred to as the Geyser Valley Trail, however no signs make this distinction.

    The Humes Ranch Loop follows the Elwha River to Goblin Gates


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