Cascade Rock Trail – 4.6mi / 7.3km
Occasional views of the Elwha River valley break up an otherwise forested climb. The trail starts near the old Elwha Campground, climbing up through massive trees towering above sword ferns. Follow the signs for the overlook where a 0.2mi/0.3km spur trail leads to a great vantage up the Elwha River valley.
Return to the main trail to the junction for the Cascade Rock Trail. The trail immediately begins steeply climbing 300ft/90m before easing into a moderate grade through a variation of cathedral forests with ferns to dry, open hillsides with manzanita.
After a couple of switchback sections, the trail unceremoniously ends on a slope with views looking up the Madison Creek drainage.
Trailhead: Turn onto the Olympic Hot Springs Road from Hwy 101, 9 miles west of Port Angeles. Follow the road 2.7 miles to the Cascade Rock trailhead (trailhead location may be changed due to flood damage in the area).
Elevation Gain: 1,500ft / 450m – Elevation Loss: 1,500ft / 450m