The Elwha River is a newly wild river not far west of Port Angeles. From the 1920s until 2012, the river was dammed for power generation and for the city's water supply, but it now flows freely. Already the salmon are returning. The water turns a milky glacial blue in flood as it shifts its channels and carries massive trees down to the strait.
Time: The Elwha area is 0:30 or less from Port Angeles. In fact, route 101 crosses it maybe 0:15 west, but the more interesting places to see involve a bit more driving.
Madison Falls - A small, but charming waterfall not far from the road, about 0:20 from Port Angeles.
Elwha Dam Site - There is a pullout with an opportunity to explore the remains of the old Elwha Dam along the road to Whiskey Bend.
Elwha Dam Overlook - There is a pullout with a great view of the old Elwha Dam, now breached, along the road to Olympic Hot Springs.
Olympic Hot Springs - Wild hot springs an easy 1:30 round trip hike from the trailhead about 0:30 from Port Angeles.
Out of Whiskey Bend - The five mile turn off for Whiskey bend is a wild ride. It's one and a half lanes and unsealed, but if you drive carefully and drive friendly, it's only 0:15 from the junction with Olympic Hot Springs Road, for a total of 0:30 out of Port Angeles. There are a number of hikes one can take from this trailhead including some with great views of the Elwha.
Lilian Camp - A great 4:00 hike out of Whiskey Bend, about 0:30 out of Port Angeles. The hike features wild glens, Michael's Cabin and the Lilian River.