Cliff Jump & Swim on the Elwha River

    Rate this Adventure

    Added by Eric Harris

    Cool off in the beautiful blue-green water of the Elwha River at this easily accessible swimming hole in Olympic National Park.

    Tucked away in the trees along Olympic Hot Springs Road, the Elwha River slows to a crawl and forms a perfect natural swimming hole.   It is a great place to cool off, picnic, and enjoy the beautiful forest surrounding the Elwha River.  

    The river's water is crystal clear and a vivid blue-green color.  It runs down from the Olympic Mountains, so make no mistake, the water is very cold.  

    If you swim across the river you can climb up the rocks and jump back into the water.  Look before you jump, as fluctuating river levels can greatly affect the depth of the water and safety of jumping in.  

    The swimming hole is about five miles down the road from the Hike to Olympic Hot Springs trailhead, so it's an awesome place to cool off after the hike.

    Getting There

    After entering Olympic National Park, continue South on Olympic Hot Springs Road.  About 1.3 miles beyond the Elwha Ranger Station you will see a narrow dirt road branching off to the left.  Follow this dirt road down a short hill to the parking area.   

    Read More
    Chillin
    Photography
    Swimming
    Easy Parking
    Forest
    River
    Scenic
    Cliff Jumping
    Swimming Hole

    Go Pro.

    We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more!

    Learn More

    Reviews

    Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

    Leave No Trace

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

    Stay Nearby

    Port Angeles, Washington

    Lake Crescent Lodge

    From $181/night

    Port Angeles, Washington

    Log Cabin Resort

    From $148/night

    Port Angeles, Washington

    Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground

    Port Angeles, Washington

    Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort

    From $25/night

    Nearby Adventures

    Explore Madison Falls

    4.0

    Snowshoe Wolf Creek Trail

    6 mi

    Hike Through History Along the Elwha River

    6 mi / 600 ft gain

    Hike up Hurricane Hill

    5.0
    3 mi / 950 ft gain
    More Nearby Adventures