Hoh River Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Hoh River Trail is a 32.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, WA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

32.8 miles 5879 feet Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

Access to Mount Olympus Blue Glacier is by the Hoh River Trail. The Blue Glacier Way Trail begins 17.2 miles at Glacier Meadows.

backpacking
2 months ago

I had a wonderful time on this trail! It is very well maintained for the most part. There is a washout about 14 miles up the trail where you have to use a cable ladder to go down a ravine, it's a scramble up to the other side. Luckily I met a hiker coming down the trail who gave directions to go left up the other side of the ravine because there is no marking as to where to go. The views of Blue Glacier at the end of the trail were absolutely amazing and worth every minute of the trip up! I will definitely be going again to summit West Peak of Mt Olympus.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was easy with huge trees and next to a nice river. A few miles up there is a nice waterfall to view.

2 months ago

Only went about 4 miles in, but the river and the scenery are great. The water of the river is a gorgeous blue, and we found a giant 4-leaf clover by the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

We did the trail out to 5 Mile Island, out and back. It's a beautiful trail and not too busy in the middle of the week. The forest changed as we got further out from the start. Too many wonderful images to list.

backpacking
3 months ago

Amazing. Did in March. Didn't see a park ranger, saw some fellow backpackers and some day hikers. Needed a wilderness permit from visitors center to hang on my backpack.

Trail is easy to follow, didn't need map or compass. Nice peeks of Olympic peak here and there. Beautiful wide braided turquoise river. Super beautiful. Flat at most times but sometimes hilly. Wide and tall trees. Lots of moss. Some of the campsites that are clearly marked on the trail have bear wire.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Amazingly beautiful day on the Hoh River and in the Rain Forrest! Great hike for kids.

camping
4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Really great trail. Muddy at times. Only went about 3 miles into the trail.

5 months ago

Awesome trail. Very kept up, and a pretty easy hike. Camp sites are great but can be hard to find one that fits your group. Nice people along the way. I

6 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked the first 6 miles of the River Trail (12 out and back) in late June and was constantly delighted by the scenery. Lots of ferns, some shoulder high, 200' moss covered trees, wildflowers, the beautiful clear river, a waterfall, the largest and most colorful slugs I've ever seen, beautiful fungi, and occasional views of distant snow covered mountains. Trail surface was mostly level and very well maintained for easy walking. It was truly a magical hike!

hiking
9 months ago

We hiked the first ~2.9 miles of this trail to Tom Creek and it was beautiful. One thing to note is there are a lot of down trees, stream crossings, and sections of the trail that are completely covered in water. There are sections where you are going to have to go off trail to go around these obstacles. There was about a 50 foot stretch where there was 3-4 inches of water covering the trail. I highly suggest wearing waterproof boots. The trail itself is nice, but definitely take time to go off of it and take smaller trails to see viewpoints of the river; that is what made this trait great. We were able to climb across a tree and explore the river bank. If you want a shorter hike, I would suggest going to about 2 miles in and seeing the waterfall from the bridge. There is not much to see between there and Tom Creek. Didn't see any elk from the trail, but saw some on the road coming in!

hiking
1 year ago

Classic rainforest hike.

1 year ago

I hiked in 5.5 miles and back (just past the red cedars). This is a beautiful hike with the ferns, mosses and conifers. If you hike just to the waterfall, be sure to walk slightly beyond the bridge where you will see a different view of the fall.

1 year ago

Saw a bear and cub a couple miles in, so had to turn around early!

hiking
1 year ago

I went five miles in on this trail and thoroughly enjoyed it. There isn't much of an elevation climb in the parts that I did. It was my first time on the trail but it's pretty easy to navigate. It could use some more signs, but basically everywhere it branched off to the right was a river spot and the main trail continued to the left. At about 3 miles in there's a waterfall. Just past that bridge there's a trail that runs up to the waterfall. Slippery but you can go pretty high up if you're brave enough. Past that the forest is still amazing, but I started questioning if it would be worth continuing. About 4 miles in there's a patch of redwoods that make the trip worth it, and a mile past that is a great spot on the river for a rest. It rained off and on all day, which didn't take away from the hike at all! I think the 5 mile marker is a good place to turn around, but I gather a lot of people only go as far as the waterfall. Either one makes a great day trip.

hiking
1 year ago

This trail was our first backpacking trip, and it was a great one. A well-laid trail that only gets steep for the last few miles, it can be any kind of hike you want it to be. The climb is well worth it if you can make it though! Despite rain and fog, it really was gorgeous. If you're backpacking, I recommend camping on the gravel bars by the river at least once. You get some really amazing sunrises and there are significantly fewer mosquitoes. :)