Little River Trail
Ecosystem type: Lowland forest, montane forest, subalpine forest, subalpine meadow
Trail tread types: Maintained
General elevation trend: Mild
Unique features: River
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 6.8 miles
Elevation change: 1000 ft. to 5600 ft.
Best Season: Low Elevations: year round. High Elevations: early July through October.
Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are required in the subalpine high country where food cannot be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 ft. out from the nearest tree trunk.
Campsites: Anywhere off of vegetation and 200 feet from water sources.
Toilet Facilities: none; bury waste 6-8" 200 ft from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Little River and nearby streams. Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia.
Stock: Allowed, check stock regulations. See Stock Use.
Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are not allowed above 3,500 feet. Leave no trace of your fire ring. Burn dead and down wood only.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are recommended in this area.
* Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and raingear with warm clothes.
* Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
* Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
* Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Whiteouts are sudden. Read the weather forecasts, but remember to read the weather in front of your face.
* Obtain your Wilderness Camping Permit at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles, year round.