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This trail leads 14.6 miles southward from Whiskey Bend Trailhead to Ludden Peak. It ascends Long Ridge which rises between the Elwha River and Long Creek.

The Long Ridge Trail follows the Elwha River Trail from Whiskey Bend two miles south. The route then crosses the Elwha and ascends Long Ridge, which lies between the Elwha River and Long Creek. The trail ends at the Dodger Point Trail, approximately 13 miles from the trailhead.

Begin this trek by walking southward along the Elwha River Trail. Pass the junctions into the Geyser Valley to reach the Humes Ranch Trail immediately north of Michael's Cabin. On the southern edge of the burned area turn right toward Humes Ranch. Shortly after leaving the Elwha River Trail the route forks again. Either trail provides access to the Long Ridge Trail. The track leading right passes through Humes Ranch then follows the river southward to a crossing. The track leading left descends along a hillside to the the river crossing.

No matter which route you take you'll end at a suspension bridge crossing the Elwha River. Cross this bridge, which puts you on the Long Ridge Trail. Beyond the bridge the trail turns southward and soon meets the Anderson Ranch Trail. Bear left at this junction and follow the Long Ridge Trail westward as it contours the northern slopes of the ridge. The route climbs steadily and reaches the ridge crest approximately one and a quarter miles from the river. It follows the ridge a short distance then leads along the western side of the crest. Turning sharply eastward the trail crosses the ridge to contour above the Elwha River for a quarter mile. The trail then ascends the ridge using several switchbacks.

The route continues southward along the crest of Long Ridge for a mile then drops to the western side. Contouring Long Ridge above Long Creek the trail ascends steadily for two miles. On the ridge summit the trail gradient levels. Views from this point include the Bailey Range, which lies westward across Long Creek, Ludden Peak, Mt. Ferry and Mount Scott, to the north, and Hurricane Ridge, to the south.

The trail leads southward along the ridge crest for two miles to the junction with Dodger Point Trail. Dodger Point lies to the east of the trail and a spur trail leads up its flanks. Near this high point the forest opens to meadowland with abundant wildflowers in midsummer.

Although not well maintained the Dodger Point trail veers to the left at the junction with Long Ridge Trail. This route descends the southern flanks of Long Ridge into the Elwha River Valley. It joins the Elwha River Trail 13 miles from the Whiskey Bend Trailhead.

At the Dodger Point Trail/Long Ridge Trail the latter leads to the right. The trail is not maintained from this point westward, but may make an interesting exploration if you are camping at Dodger Point. The route follows the trail southwestward, ascending the northeastern flanks of Ludden Peak. The total mileage to this point is 14.6 miles.

Directions: From Port Angeles, Follow Highway 101 westward approximately 8 miles to Elwha River Road, a.k.a. Olympic Hot Springs Road. Turn left and follow the river road southward into Olympic National Park. Three miles from Highway 101 you'll reach the Elwha Campground, continue past this facility to the Elwha Ranger Station. (Here you can obtain trail conditions and camping permits.) Beyond the ranger station the Whiskey Bend Road veers left at a fork. Follow this road 4.5 miles to its end and the trailhead for Elwha River Trail and several other routes.

Elevation: 1,198 feet

Ending Elevation: 4,100 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

 
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