Heart O' the Forest Trail

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Olympic National Park

Heart O' the Forest Trail is a 7.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and camping and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 7.1 km Elevation Gain: 258 m Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

walking

running

forest

river

wildlife

blowdown

snow

no dogs

Trailhead is in E Loop camping area.

hiking
muddy
5 hours ago

Great trail for a little challenge. There was some mud and exposed roots so good hiking shoes would be a good idea. The end is steep and a little muddy but worth going down to see the river. If you are planning on come out the gate was closed for trails past this. We will definitely be back to see other trails later on in the year.

hiking
25 days ago

A charming little trail that starts at the end of the Heart O' the Hills campground and ends at Lake Creek.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Trail is mostly flat and downhill on the way there. No end view just abruptly ends then turnaround. Muddy in places but fine with waterproof hiking boots. Gorgeous forest and small ravines throughout. Great day - no rain! Went there and back in about 2 1/2 hours.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
4 months ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
4 months ago

Good Hike, but a very wet and rainy day.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful old growth forest.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

walking
muddy
4 months ago

cross a few streams, you don't get close to the river room the end

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail that I did with my mother. Very flat and not too muddy. We went 2.5 miles in and just turned around as there didn’t seem to be an end and were effectively just walking in the Forrest with no destination.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

6 months ago

Beautiful trail, lots of moss covered trees. The "river" was a stream and not very close. No clear end to the trail, so we turned around after 2.5 miles because the trail started to get muddy. Still, it made my heart happy.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Very nice and well maintained. Rather flat so it’s good for kids or if you might be nursing an injury. Close to city

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

I agree with Joshua: no clear ending and you better return after two mile. You can hear the traffic on the Hurricane Ridge Road up to 1/3 of the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Not too difficult.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this 5 years ago and it seems like there was a definite end at 2 miles. Now there’s no signage and the trail gets worse and steeper until a fallen tree marks the last muddy scramble to a tiny creek. My advice: turn around between 1.5-2mi and you’ll get all the enjoyable scenery.

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
9 months ago

Muddy in places. Steep at the end. Excellent forest views. Large trees. Some wooden walkways need repair. Edible berries in places but know which ones are edible!

hiking
9 months ago

The trail was a perfect hike for anyone wanting enough challenge but not too much. Great for a morning hike. Plant lovers will enjoy the interpretive pamphlet available in a wooden kiosk at the trailhead - we used it to identify the various ferns and plants along the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

My family consisting of three kids (10,11,14) did this hike together. It was a pretty casual, shady, and filled with vegetation. The little creek at the bottom isn’t anything spectacular, but is peaceful to sit next to.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail and easy until the last third or so when it started going down to the stream. the stream was definitely not worth the effort. Otherwise, it was wonderful with huge, towering trees and lush vegetation.

hiking
9 months ago

little long for young kids but a fairly easy hike.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
9 months ago

Bears and Signs of bears spotted on the trail. Had to turn back around about a quarter in

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