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Hoh River Trail to Blue Glacier Trail

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Hoh River Trail to Blue Glacier Trail is a 34 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 34.0 miles Elevation Gain: 6,026 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

lake

views

no dogs

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

My first overnight hike in decades since getting out of the Army. We took three days and hiked 15.1 miles to Elk Lake and set up camp then hiked the 6 mile round trip to the Blue Glacier the next day and then hiked out on the last day. Pretty easy hike till you hit the 12.4 mile camp site, then you start going uphill. There are multiple campsites along the way and many with privies. Around 13 miles is the High Hoh Bridge and it is high! There is a couple of campsites right after the bridge. After that, there is about 20 switchbacks till you hit Martin Creek. Cross the creek and you will find the Martin Creek campground which is the last campsite that you can have a fire. No privy there. About a quarter of a mile away is the Elk Lake campground which does have a privy. The trail to Glacier Meadows is all uphill with some narrow spots along the mountain side. There are some open spots that provide some spectacular views of Mt Tom and White Glacier. About a half mile before Glacier Meadows is a slide area with a rope and cable ladder. You have to walk a narrow path to get to the rope to lower yourself down to the ladder. The ladder is missing a few rungs and in one spot there are 2 missing! Once at the bottom, you will have to grab onto another rope and use it to work your way to the other side of the slide. We have met a few hikers who have turned around at this point. From there it is an easy walk to Glacier Meadows which has the last privy. From there it is uphill to where the trail splits to the Terminal Moraine and to the Lateral Moraine of Blue Glacier. We took the Lateral trail which goes through a big meadow which turns into a very rough rocky trail to the top of the moraine but once on top, you are rewarded with a spectacular view of the whole glacier and Mt Olympus!

hiking
4 months ago

The first twelve miles are fairly flat through the forest - pretty and repetitive, plenty of water. The last 5-6 miles are a moderate climb to Glacier Meadows - there is a washout with a rickety ladder that you’ll have to cross to get there. The climb to the lateral moraine is awesome, and the views are incredible. I stayed at the 13.3 campsite - loved it. Could have done without the 12 mile return hike. I couldn’t see the glacier until I began to climb - wondering how other people saw it. The self registration permit at Hoh is very empowering - I did this as a 10-hour day to the summit and back to 13.3, then a 4-hour day back to the VC. Doable, very aggressive.

hiking
5 months ago

Enchanted rain forest until Martin’s Creek + best view you can ever imagine to Blue Glacier.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail was great. Our five day trip turned to three days due to lack of preparedness, lol. We made it though! Some spots along the way were quite difficult but definitely worth it. Definitely one of the most amazing trails I have ever been on. Can’t wait to do it again!

hiking
snow
7 months ago

Beautiful hike along the Hoh River with some excellent camp sites for an overnight. As of early May there is still some light snow on the ground above Glacier Meadows but it's passable with microspikes and poles w baskets. Tons of elk and other wildlife, highly recommend!

backpacking
Tue Sep 04 2018

We backpacked into Elk Lake in one day, from 8:30 am, to 4:00 pm. From Elk Lake, we started at 4:30 am and we hiked through the lateral moraine, and to the end of the ridge by 7:00 am, and it was magnificent. We were blessed with amazing weather, no clouds, and being all alone. We hiked back to Elk Lake by 9:00, packed up and hiked out with our gear by 4:15 pm. I wouldn't recommend 2 day/1 night-ing this trip. If I did it again, I'd either get all the way to Glacier Meadows on Day 1, or leave earlier on Day 1, drop off gear at Elk Lake, and summit the same day. Or just do 3 days/2 nights. We found a canceled campsite at Kalaloch beach for Sunday night, so we made a goal to get back early enough to get there, and see the sunset at the beach. We wrecked our bodies, but I don't think many people can watch the sun come up next to Blue Glacier, and then watch the sun set over the ocean from Kalaloch Beach in one day. One Note: We did the rope bridge/ladder between Elk Lake and Glacier Meadows at approx. 5:15 am, and still no sun light. No where did I read where you go after you climb down, but once at the bottom of the ladder, you walk straight left, and climb back out of the valley via the rocks.

hiking
Thu May 10 2018

Magnificent nature at its best. Feels wonderful to be among all those beautiful trees and the views of the river are so peaceful and amazing.

backpacking
Mon Dec 04 2017

By far the toughest and the most incredible hike I have been on. Day1: We hiked up to the Hoh OxBow campground and setup tent by the river. Very flat hike and the campground had great views of the river. Day2: Hiked up from Hoh OxBow up to Blue Glacier and down again. This was the most strenuous part. The last stretch climbing up to Blue Glacier is very steep and the terrain is very rugged. Persevering with the tough terrain though has the most gratifying prize at the top - panoramic views of the Blue Glaciers. The glaciers remain out of sight until the very last step of the climb, when in an instance the climb ends and the glacier surrounds you. The view will literally blow you away. Climbing down all the way can get hard on the knees. Day3: Hike down to the parking.

backpacking
Thu Aug 10 2017

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!!

backpacking
Tue Aug 08 2017

up until the ladder and glacier meadows, it was a bit of a yawn, except for the big, majestic trees. but from the ladder to the glacier was jaw dropping. Came across a goat near the summit which was amazing. Great 2 night, 3 day trip.

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
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