Elwa Delta/River Field Trip

July 13





On Sat. July 13, we'll assemble at Chimacum High School at 8:30 am (SHARP).  From there, we'll carpool to Port the west side of Angeles  (48 miles) and met with Ian Miller, our trip leader.


First stop (about 10 am) is at the former Elwha (lower) dam site to see the river channel's incision and the drained Lake Aldwell, which is the source for much of the fine-grained sediment that is moving seaward.  We'll hike around here a bit (port-a-potty available).  


Next stop (about 11 am) will be at the delta of the head of the former Lake Aldwell.  We will hike around here a bit and also eat lunch at the site.


Next, we will drive to the Place Road beach access, which is our third stop at about 1 pm near the mouth of the Elwha River.  Here we will see changes to the coastal geomorphology that have occurred in the past year, since the dams were removed (port-a-potty available).


For our final stop (about 3 pm), we'll head back toward PA and take a look at Ediz Hook, a spectacular spit that juts into the Strait of San Juan de Fuca.  


We'll return to Chimacum HS by about 5 pm.


RESERVE A SPOT: email Michael Machette at Paleoseis@gmail.com


COST:  $10 donation (to defer Ian's salary and/or contribute to the Feiro Marine Life Center).


BRING:  Rain gear, boots, bag lunch, water, camera, personal items, etc. 


CAR POOLING:  We'll figure this out on Sat. morning, targeting the more fuel efficient cars.  Expect to share gas expenses with your driver (trip total is about 150 miles).