Elwha Camping with Kids

  In need of some father and son time, we packed our lightweight backpacks and set off to explore.  This would be our first overnight trip together for the season and would be great practice for a multi night trip planned in a few weeks.

For this adventure, we would be backpacking up the Elwha Trail; to do a quick overnight backpacking trip.

Whiskey Bend Trailhead
At the trailhead with our matching shirts, minimalist footwear and ultralight packs. 

kids backpacking
Making our way across a stream. 
elwha river backpacking
Break time with the Elwha River.
kid backpacking the elwha river
Making our way along the Elwha River.
Ultralight backpacking with kids
Father & Son.
barefoot on the gravel bar
Pitched camp.  Spend the afternoon exploring the gravel bar barefoot.  Seen one Black Bear grazing in the distance. 
stars at campsite
Evening with the stars, under our Locus Gear Kufu Sil using DPTE.
kid on steep trail
Heading out after breakfast.

backpacking humes ranch
Humes Ranch Cabin. 
Black bear and cub
Seen Momma and her Cub headed out. 

Elwha mouth sunset
Post hike sunset at the Elwha Mouth.

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A beautiful coffee table book on The Undammed Elwha River.

Updated in March 2016 by Barefoot Jake