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Hoh River Trail is a 32.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October.

Length 32.8 mi Elevation gain 5,114 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Getting There

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

A National Parks Pass is required to park here. Overnight stays within the national park require backcountry camping permits, available at the Hoh Ranger Station

Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center 3002 Mount Angeles Road Port Angeles, WA 98362 Tel: 360.565.3100

From Port Angeles, south 14 miles on U.S. 101 to Upper Hoh River Road. Turn left and drive 18 miles to the Hoh Ranger Station and the trailhead.

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Jim M.
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Easy to get away from people with lots of spurs to the river. Only went in about 2.5 miles. Would love to do more and spend a night or two.

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Jen Hu
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HikingBugs

A bit crowded. We started late (early afternoon on a Friday)

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Josh .
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HikingGreat!

Maybe the best trail ever. I did it as a 4 night 5 day trip (totally unnecessary, but fun) and had a blast. Bottom section is flat, lush, and shady. Once you get to mike 13.2 it starts going straight up and doesn’t stop. Pretty much steep to the glacier. Ladder is sketchy but fun. I recommend hiking to glacier as day hike. No mosquitos in spots where you can have campfire. Above, probably will need deet.

Soun Moffett
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Hiking

2 nights 3 days.. my 2nd backpack trip and would highly recommend it. First night camped at Lewis Meadow (wish we had more time there) Night 2 was at Elk Lake. Attempted to get to Blue Glacier the same day I made it to the ladder & decided to turn around. BF went onto the glacier & reported back how beautiful it was. He went down the ladder very easily. I have a fear of heights & it got the better of me maybe next time. Day 3 hiked 15 miles back to the TH took a lil over 7 hours with a few breaks. Would love to have spent one more night. The weather was perfect mid 60s a little drizzle the last night at Elk Lake. Overall the entire trail is beautiful & easy for the distance since it’s mostly flat for the first 12 miles. After that it’s a pretty good climb especially if you are backpacking the views along the way make it worth it.

Lauren Palmucci
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HikingBugs

Hiked to five mile island (5miles in - 5out). Absolutely beautiful walk. Super flat, no incline. Amazing to see such massive trees and mossy trees! Would love to do the full 36 miles at some point. We came on 7/22/20 around 9AM and there was barely anyone on this trail.

Laura Bero
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Hiking

great hike!!!

Penny Yates-Baker
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Hiking

Trail is beautiful. I only went up to Happy Four (first night) and the Lewis Meadows (second night). It was beautiful. Once you got past 5 Mile Island the crowds diminished greatly. Saw Elk, dear (including a few brand new babies), bear and snakes. It was a great weekend.

Mark A
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HikingBugs

Only went to 5 mile island and back so can’t speak for the rest of the trail. Mostly in the forest, a few river views. Flat and accessible hike, preferred similar South Fork of The Hoh trail.

Jordan Lee
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Hiking

Did the first three miles and then back out. Exactly what you want to see in the Hoh Rainforest. Great river and waterfall with beautiful trees and mosses.

Will Brand
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Dave Holsinger
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Anders Jecha
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Hiking

Hiked the 2.7 miles to middle creek falls which were pretty cool. Would love to comeback to check out glacier meadows 17 miles in.

colton breda
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Blowdown

pretty simple hike we did last weekend. camped at 5mile island. bring a bear can if you want to camp there. fairly busy but awesome hike! scramble over a few deadfalls but nothing to be concerned about

Gillian Fulford
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BackpackingBlowdownMuddy

Backpacked back here during the last two days of February; beautiful, scenic trail that is mostly flat, but we had some issues with the intense amounts of mud and downed trees along the road. Made it 10 miles before calling it a night after two river crossings (one over a precarious dam) and some intense pathfinding among the blowdown. We did, however, see some beautiful elk and only ran into a few people along the way. BRING GOOD, WATERPROOF BOOTS and watch your step--you'll have a good time,

James Gibson
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HikingBlowdownMuddyWashed out

Had a great hike but very muddy conditions that required good boots. Would recommend a walking stick or trekking poles as well. Made it about 2.3 miles in before confronting a small bit passable bit of washout and a rather large tree that had blow down and caused us to turn back.

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Kirsten Ourada
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Very flat hike along the river with a few easy Creek crossings. Beautiful in the rain, however, trail flooded and impassable at about the 4 mile mark. Started around 9:30am, turned around at noon.

Patrycja Arundel
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Hiking

With trees covered with moss, patches of snow throughout, waterfalls and creeks, and stunningly iced ferns and leaves, this trail is truly enchanted. It was definitely one of the busiest trails in the park--lots of groups, families, some dogs. You hike along the river, cross a couple of creeks (nothing too challenging), and there aren't any major elevation changes (unless you are hiking to the glacier). If you start early in the morning, the trail is mostly frozen, so mud isn't an issue. In the afternoon, after the sun thaws the ice, it gets a bit muddy. Overall, a magical experience.

Amanda Brand
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Hiking

The trail was fun to trail run.....until I tripped and fell.... LOTS OF EXPOSED ROOTS ON THIS TRAIL, wear your best hiking, supportive shoes, although easy because it's mostly flat, the exposed roots make it challenging to traverse without twisting an ankle, and even more treacherous if your trying to trail run. Saw an Elk on the trail, and went on a sunny Oct day so trail was not super muddy. It really is a peaceful place when you get away from the crowds further in to the forest. The trees are huge and so ethereal and magical. Best enjoyed as more of a calm stroll then workout type trail run/hike, to really enjoy the peacefulness of the forest. Happy Hiking Everyone!

Luigi Laraia
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HikingMuddy

We did the whole trail to the glacier and back in 2 days. Beautiful hike rewarded by a spectacular view of the lower glaciers of Mt. Olympus. The first half of the trail is easy. It gets steeper and muddier past Olympus camp site. The last 3 miles require some experience and focus. The ladder to climb on a washed out section of the trail on steep and rocky terrain looks scarier than it actually is. There is some very minor scrambling at the end.

Anna Van Dingstee
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Dalal Hassan
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Hiking

Didn’t do the whole thing.

Krystle Pyrzynski
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Steven Gausewitz
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Hiking

Unique, magical, amazing. This was pretty easy the 10 miles up we went, and a joy. Our isolated campsite along the way was A++++ There was lots of mud and it rained plenty (it’s a rainforest!) so be prepared.

Kristen Paris
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Backpacking

Very pretty, quiet, temperate rainforest trail. The contrast between fall foliage and ferns/mosses/evergreens was lovely. Though we heard reports of bears, nobody we talked to had actually seen any. In fact, I've never been on a hike with so little wildlife evident. Not a single critter was visible or hearable over our entire 3 days other than a few insects. In the 9 miles each way that we completed, there were no sweeping vistas, but very peaceful, lovely forest, moderately trafficked (heavier traffic up to 5-mile), with occasional river and peak views through the trees, and a few small streams and waterfalls. Coming from a more arid, rugged climate, we appreciated the rainforest we were walking through, and it's hushed, subdued beauty. Wish we had gone further with full packs. We stayed at 5-mile campsites 2 nights because we had received reports of "too muddy" trails ahead. Unfortunately, "too muddy" is a matter of opinion, and we wish we had pushed further with full packs as originally planned. Intended to camp at ranger platform at 9 miles first night, and Elk Lake second night, but stopped at 5-mile for 2 nights instead. We dayhiked from 5-mile to ranger platform, but never got to Elk Lake due to starting late, thinking trail would be too muddy to get that far. Wish we had gone further. On the bright side, the trail is easy and relaxing for the 9.1 mile stretch each way that we completed (though not completely "flat", as there area few slight climbs which are only noticeable with full backpacks). 5-mile campsites are a bit cramped together, but pleasant. Bear wire is very helpful. The camping area is pretty, but not spectacular. Happy 4 didn't look any better, though we didn't explore it beyond stepping into shelter to put on raincoats. If we go again, we will push on to the campsites near the ranger cabin at 9.1 miles in, which was a much prettier area.

Matt Brown
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful scenery along the river but dangerously muddy in a lot of places. Bring trekking poles and gaiters.

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