Featured Image Description: a paved trail with a wooden fence on one side curves around a cliff. Trees and ferns fill the photo.
Madison Falls in the Elwha River Valley near Port Angeles is a lovely waterfall 0.1 mile from the parking area. The trail is paved with a gentle slope. It is wheelchair accessible, but there are a couple of places where roots have lifted the pavement. There are well-placed benches along the way, including one at the falls.
The road is open to the falls but remains closed to vehicles beyond. There is a gravel path around the gate on the right side, wide enough to allow wheelchair users to pass. The parking lot is gravel with space for about 20 vehicles. You have a nice view of the river and surrounding mountains from the parking area and it feels surprisingly remote. There is also a grassy area with a couple of picnic tables and vault toilets, making it a nice place to relax for a time.
Ancestral land of the Lower Elwha Klallam people.
UPDATE OCTOBER 1, 2019 Following our group hike at Madison Falls and the Elwha road, Olympic NPS created a new path around the gate. It is now wide enough to allow wheelchair users to pass! This opens access to the closed road, which is mostly level with one banked curve and a slight incline at the end (less than ramp grade, but a hundred+ feet). The road travels through the forest and along the Elwha River, before ending at the washed out bridge with beautiful views.