NE DESTINATIONS - WOLF CREEK TRAIL...8.1 MILES
DIRECTIONS TO : WHISKEY BEND - MILEPOST 239
NEAREST CAMPGROUND: Altaire (7 miles from trail head)
RANGER STATION : Ranger station, toilets, permit registration, pay phone and water located 5 miles from trail head along Olympic Hot Springs Road. Stock Facilities: Stock Camp and corral, unloading ramp.
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Drive just beyond the Elwha Ranger Station, turn left onto Whiskey Bend road. The horse corral on your left is now used for park pack stock but was once the site of a civilian conservation camp. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built Whiskey Bend road in the 1930's to provide vehicular access to Hurricane Ridge. Scars of their winch cables are visible on several Douglas fir trees as you proceed up the road.
You pass the Glines Canyon Dam 1-1/2 miles up the road. The dam was built in 1927, predating the park. It was managed by Crown Zellerbach and produces 14 megawatts of electricity.
Deer, elk and (rarely) cougar may be visible along this stretch of road. Two miles above the dam, Cat Peak is visible through the trees on your right. Whiskey Bend is just beyond the Upper Lake Mills trail head (a 1/2-mile walk to a spectacular waterfall).
Whiskey Bend was named when a C.C.C. crew leader promised whiskey to his men if they completed the road to this point. The road once continued to Hurricane Ridge Road. The abandoned road is now The Wolf Creek trail.
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.