Elwha Dams Removal Tour and Hike

Join the Natural History Society for an overview of the largest dam removals in the world so far — the demolition of the Glines Canyon Dam, which formed Lake Mills, and the Elwha Dam, which formed Lake Aldwell.

Jean Mann has kindly planned our visit to three sites on Tuesday, August 15, meeting at 9:00 am to carpool and returning by 5:00 pm.

We will start at the Glines Canyon Dam overlook, where there are extensive views of the Elwha River both above and below the former dam, and take the marked trail less than a mile to the riverbed.

The trail passes through revegetated areas of the former Lake Mills and leads to terraces of sediment, now covered with lupine. It is not a steep trail, but hiking shoes are advised, and hiking poles might be helpful where the trail crosses a little stream.

We’ll then visit the Elwha River interpretive center, where murals and signage outline the history of human interaction with the Elwha River.

Finally, we’ll drive to the mouth of the Elwha, where there is now a beautiful sandy beach, as a result of the Elwha River again being free-flowing.

Bring a lunch, water, layers of clothing, hiking shoes, binoculars, and possibly hiking poles.

RSVP to Jean at JLTnatural@saveland.org for location and details about carpooling.