Hoh River Trail

MODERATE 140 reviews
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Hoh River Trail is a 32.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
32.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5114 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

The Hoh River Trail is located in the Pacific Northwest's Olympic National Park and leads to the Mount Olympus Blue Glacier. The Olympic Peninsula is the wettest region in the lower 48 states and the area is known for its spectacular temperate rainforest, subalpine meadows and montane forest. The Hoh River Trail is well-maintained and flat for a good majority of the hike but ascends quickly from the Hoh River up to Glacier Meadow. There is one river crossing and a few small stream crossings along the way. For those interested in camping there are numerous spots along the route. For more information on camping and permits and to connect with the Ranger Station please visit: https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/hoh-river-trail.htm

hiking
1 month ago

Due to time constraints, we only hiked the first four miles to the Grover of Large Cedar. Loved this hike, and intend to return to hike the full trail!

backpacking
3 months ago

We hiked the entire trail to Glacier Meadows, and then up to Blue Glacier (twice). This is by far the most stunning and otherworldly place I've ever been. It was hard at points, but nonetheless rewarding.

fishing
3 months ago

Only did part of the trail, and then followed the river for fishing.

backpacking
4 months ago

Only completed a portion of this trail coming off the High Divide to spend the day down at the lake. The fairly steep climb down and back up was well worth the diversion from the initial plans.

hiking
4 months ago

We walked the Hall of Mosses trail then hiked down the Hoh River trail to the falls. I felt like I was in one of the worlds from the old computer game Myst! Just beautiful!

5 months ago

ancient trees and giant plants and bear sightings. a lovely cascading brook /waterfall. fairly flat, dusty highly used trail. worth the 4 mile trek to the Ent giants.

5 months ago

Most amazing experience!

backpacking
5 months ago

If you decide to backpack the whole way in one day, keep in mind that the last 2 miles of 15 are where all of the elevation come in... 2300+ft of elevation in 2 miles is tough and not for everyone. The views are outstanding and almost unreal. Definitely worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears.

5 months ago

Wish we could have made it all the way but after the switchbacks up to Elk Lake we were cashed out. For our first backcountry trip it wasn't bad, found out a lot of things we packed in we didn't need and learned the essence of packing light. we ate like kings though! lol we got in late and self registered and stayed at one of the first campgrounds and then the following day we hiked up to the Olympic Ranger Station and set up camp near the riverbed. firewood was plenty. if we were smarter about it we would have left camp set up there to make it up further without all the extra weight but lesson learned. 3rd night we stayed in Lewis meadows along the river. very nice hike. would love to try it again and make it all the way.

hiking
6 months ago

Hike/walked 6 miles out and back to Tom Creek Trail, which featured a waterfall. It was moderately trafficked but still felt spacious and serene. A few views of the river were pleasant surprises too!

hiking
6 months ago

Did it to Olympus station, camped and went back the next day. The hike isn't that long but it was quite warm and humid. We saw a black bear and it's cup what was really nice and camping along the rover was great.

hiking
6 months ago

Truly an amazing Hike and Climb!!! The Blue Glacier on a full moon is unbelievable and Mount Olympus has been on my list for the last couple of years... it is incredible!!

hiking
6 months ago

Unless you're planning on hiking all 20+ miles of this thing, I'd recommend having a plan or goal landmark to reach before you take off. Elsewise you might feel yourself just kind of wandering aimlessly trying to arbitrarily decide when to turn around.

There's tons of beauty here and frequent access to the river. There's also multiple waterfalls as you near the three-mile mark. These may serve as a good turnaround point for many. However, any distance traveled here should be worthy and enjoyable. Great temperate rainforest environment with a steadily flat and easy pathway throughout.

6 months ago

great trail that is out and back. you have many destinations to chose from our just pick a distance and turn around. we went to the 3mi waterfall and bridge. it is equal up n down out and back. I love that compared to up out and down back trails. we did the mosses trail at .8mi and the 3mi out and 3mi back waterfall in about 2.5hrs. parking is packed afternoon in summer months!

7 months ago

Did the first 3 miles out and back. Nice day hike if you want to experience the rainforest.

backpacking
7 months ago

Completed the HRT in three days with two friends. We dropped camp ~10.5 miles in the first day (Lewis Meadows on the gravel beds), day hiked to the final stretch above Glacier Meadows and back the second day, and hiked back out on the third day. I'd say the trail is closer to 36/37 miles. Camping by the gravel beds was more serene and it can get crowded. I suggest getting up early to give yourself enough time to get to the glacier if you plan on climbing to the top. Days were foggy in the morning but by the early afternoon visibility was incredible (completed early July). Bear canisters were not required at this location but we used them regardless. Ample water supply everywhere. Expect snow at the final stretch. The repelling section/ladder was somewhat treacherous from the loose rocks and debris but just move slow and you'll be fine. Days were long but it was completely worth it! Happy hiking!

7 months ago

Beautiful trail, the options for camping are awesome. True temperature rainforest, we enjoyed four days backpacking!

backpacking
7 months ago

One of the best trails i'm ever been, easy to medium, beautiful views of the mountain and river, small parking lot, so better get there early, park rangers very nice, and eager to answer you any questions, spent two days on it. can't wait to go back

hiking
7 months ago

Did it to the 5 miles island. Great hike.

walking
7 months ago

Was only able to get a few miles out on the trail due to time constraints. Plenty of moody NW weather and spooky moss and fern covered forest floors with looming trees. True temperate rainforest , beautiful area. Hope to return for more miles someday.

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