Madison Falls, Madison Falls Trailhead, Olympic National Park, Washington

Madison Falls - 0.1 miles

Madison Falls Trailhead

Madison Falls

Madison Falls

Round-Trip Length: 0.1 miles
Start-End Elevation: 277' - 322' (322' max elevation)
Elevation Change: +45' net elevation gain (+52' total roundtrip elevation gain)
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs Allowed: No
Bikes Allowed: No
Horses Allowed: No
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Madison Falls - 0.1 Miles Round-Trip

Madison Falls is located just off Olympic Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park. A short paved trail follows Madison Creek to the base of the falls, which drops 45' into an accessible pool (.05 miles : 322'). The creek continues to its confluence with the Elwha River, located just over the road.

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The Elwha River Restoration Project

The Elwha River is the Olympic Peninsula's largest watershed, scene to one of its most robust native salmon runs. This changed with the construction of the Elwha Dam (1913) and Glines Canyon Dam (1927), which blocked access to natal waters just five miles from the river mouth.

Though state laws required that construction of any kind allow for fish passage, both dams were built without it. In 1992 Congress passed a law requiring restoration of this watershed - and its fish. The federal government purchased the dams and, after much legal wrangling, began removal in 2011.

Opening the river in 2013 will restore over 70 miles of salmon habitat, which biologists believe will return populations to historic numbers in 20-30 years.

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Key GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84

  • N48 02.460 W123 35.405 — 0.0 miles : Madison Falls Trailhead
  • N48 02.534 W123 35.339 — .05 miles : Madison Falls

Worth Noting

Fishing Information

  • Fishing is not permitted on the Elwha River, or any of its tributaries.

Rules and Regulations

  • There's a $15 fee to enter Olympic National Park ($30 annual pass).

  • Pets are not permitted on trails. Pets are permitted in campgrounds and must be leashed at all times.

Directions to Trailhead

The Madison Falls Trailhead is located 9.3 miles from Port Angeles on Olympic Hot Springs Road. 

From Port Angeles, drive 7.3 miles west on US 101 to Elwha Valley - Olympic Hot Springs Road. Turn left (south). The trailhead is located 2.0 miles down on the left.

Contact Information

Olympic National Park
600 East Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362-6798

Visitor Information: 360.565.3130

Road & Weather Hotline: 360.565.3131

Wilderness Information Center and Backcountry Permit Office (WIC)

Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center

Forks Information Station
360.374.7566 or 360.374.5877

Quinault Wilderness Information Office

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