ELWHA DESTINATIONS - HUMES RANCH TRAIL...4.3 MILES
DIRECTIONS TO : WHISKEY BEND TRAILHEAD - MILEPOST 239
NEAREST CAMPGROUND: Altaire/Elwha (7 miles from trail head)
RANGER STATION : Toilets (Ranger station, permit registration, pay phone and water located 6 miles from trail head along Olympic Hot Springs Road). Stock Facilities: No turn around space for truck and trailer.
INFORMATION ABOUT TRAIL :
Martin and Will Humes and their cousin, Ward Sanders, arrived here at the turn of the century from New York State en route to the Klondike in quest of gold. A brother, Grant, arrived the following year. Grant, Will and Ward were enchanted by the valley and established home sites. Martin returned to New York State in 1914, never returning to live in the Elwha. Grant continued as a farmer, hunter and commercial packer until his death in 1934. He packed in the Seattle Mountaineers on the first documented ascent of Mt. Olympus. He built several hunting cabins up the valley, two of which remain standing today. In the early 1940's, Herb Crisler settled into the cabin at Humes Ranch with his bride, Lois, while they filmed wildlife for what became Walt Disney's " Olympic Elk" film. Since acquiring the property from Peninsula Plywood, the National Park Service has restored the cabin, conforming to its original appearance and with much of the original materials. Wood deterioration, however, is occurring, as a result of the moist Olympic environment.
Whiskey Bend Trailhead
Whiskey Bend to Rica Canyon (1.7 mi.); Whiskey Bend to Michael's Cabin (1.9 mi.); Michael's Cabin to Humes Ranch (.4 mi.); Humes Ranch to Krause Bottom (.8 mi.); Krause Bottom to Rica Canyon (1.0 mi.) Easy to moderately strenuous. The Rica Canyon-Humes Ranch trails provide an excellent day hike opportunity and camping is permitted at several established sites along the river bottoms. Handout available at Elwha Ranger Station on natural history of Geyser Valley area.