Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Forks with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Ruby Beach

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing scenery right around the corner from the lodge. Hiked (I guess you could call it that since it’s pretty easy relative to 2nd or 3rd beach) once in the dark of night for some astrophotography shots and then again in the morning. Even though we had hazy weather the scenery was fantastic with great reflections off the beach.

on Rialto Beach Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful but surprisingly more difficult than expected due to being on sand and pebbles. Crowded but understandably so due to the views and starting right on the beach.

Nice easy stroll. Beautiful scenery. We were short on time as it was getting dark but you could easily make this trail longer by following other trails or connecting.

Perfect beginners hike (I’m soooo out of shape and it was just enough to get my heart rate up), good for all age groups, GORGEOUS views and deliciously mystical in the rain. If you’re lucky (like we were) you might even see a herd of Roosevelt Elk on your drive in.

hiking
25 days ago

Trail was super quite on a beautiful late October day. It was “ on our way” while we were driving across the peninsula, but still several miles down a gravel road making for slow driving. From the ranger station, you can follow the trail north and go along the river. We went this way initially and lost the map at the road (1.25 miles) as others have mentioned. There are no blazes and the trail was clear only by the worn foot path in the ankle high plants for much of it. Taking the path back the way we came, from the rangers station we crossed the road and picked up the trail maybe 50 feet south. There was a different feel to this part of the path, with creeks running under log bridges. In retrospect, I think the trail picks down in the campground to continue along the river, but even looking at the maps now it is confusing. Do your research and download maps while you are still in civilization (on US 101 at least).

pretty much a walk in nature. beautiful trees that drape down and lots of ferns.

hiking
26 days ago

wonderful walk. caught 2 deers eating leaves, and cute little birds flapping around. (some ate seeds out of my hand..not sure if allowed...they didnt mind)

hiking
27 days ago

I only made it 4 miles out. The stretch that I hiked was a nice shaded trail that ran alongside the Hoh River.

We did High Divide clockwise and threw in part of the Hoh River Trail down to the lake for a 27 mile day.

Clockwise is the way to do it- a gradual ascent on peaty trails next to the babbling river and falls. The middle portion is more challenging because of the altitude, but the views on both High Divide and Hoh River made up for it.

Then... there was Deer Lake Trail. The only unexpected surprise of the trip, the last 3 miles (clockwise) or first 3 miles (counterclockwise) is all sharp cobbles and boulders. Come prepared to scramble on a rock field, or better yet skip completing the loop and hike back the way you came.

We did the first 24 miles including 2 ascents in 9 hours and were still fresh entering Deer Lake Trail. DESCENDING the 3 miles from Deer Lake took us 3 hours and turned our feet into hamburger. The only black mark for this trip.

Overall, a wonderful trail perfect for introducing a fit beginner to hiking

Did this loop as a day hike on Tuesday, Sep. 25th. I skipped going down to lunch lake, so I believe the total mileage was somewhere around 17.5. I did the loop counterclockwise.

The upper sections of the trail were absolutely amazing, and I picked a perfectly clear day to do this hike. The climb up was steady but not terrible. I didn't have to stop much. Once you hit the section of the trail near heart lake, the views of Mt. Olympus are awesome. However, heading down once you're back in the forest, even though it's pretty, it feels like it drags on for forever. I was absolutely exhausted and I think it was pushing the limits of what I can personally accomplish in a single day of hiking. The entire hike took me about 8 hours to complete, with only short breaks for pictures and checking out the views, and I hike at a pretty decent pace. I still absolutely recommend this hike, but give yourself a lot of time to do it if you're going to make it a day hike.

The drive in was simple and easy, and the trailhead had a decent amount of parking on a weekday around 10am. All trails are clearly marked and the trailhead has bathrooms, but no place to fill water.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a fantastic 3-day backpacking trip to Blue Glacier and back. The mileage on here isn't correct. It's 17.5 miles one way to Glacier Meadows (35 roundtrip), and then about another mile to the Lateral Moraine, a spectacular view of Blue Glacier. That puts the full trail roundtrip at around 37 miles. There is another spur trail at 17.5 miles in (listed as .8 miles one way I think) to the Terminal Moraine, providing another stunning view of the glacier, this time standing high above where the glacier ends. Both of these steep-climbing trails are well worth the effort. The glacier is definitely the highlight, but the whole hike is gorgeous, with plenty of wildlife, gigantic trees covered in moss, and beautiful views of the Hoh River scattered throughout. My first night was at Mount Tom Creek (~3 miles in). My second night I camped at Elk Lake (~14 miles in), which was a nice campground in the woods. I left most of my stuff there while I hiked with a day pack (smart ranger recommendation) to the glacier and back, then packed up and hiked to Lewis Meadows for the third night. I was on my way out of the park when I stopped at Five Mile Island for lunch and decided it was too nice a spot to leave. I pitched my tent and hiked out and back in after resupplying and registering for two more nights. I definitely recommend staying at Five Mile Island either on the way in or out - it's a beautiful spot on the river, and for my stay, elk showed up before sunset both nights. I think fall is a great time of year for this hike - There are less people, and if you can time it up with good weather, it's pretty ideal. My first day was rainy and the people I saw backpacking out had been in rain the whole trip and seemed miserable. The rest of my trip was around freezing at night and sunny and 60s every day - good stuff. I'm excited to go back.

Gorgeous hike! We went counterclockwise and it seemed to take longer to get to heart lake than we anticipated and were ready for. Took about 6-7 hours up to heart lake and then 3-4 hours down the Sol Duc River trail the next morning. There were a few blueberries left (hiked Oct 9-10) if you looked for them. It was really cold at night but we had amazing weather and there were tons of stars. I would definitely do this again, but would start earlier (8-9AM) so I could enjoy more of the high divide and Bogachiel peak.

Amazing trail that has it all—rainforest, waterfalls, lakes, ridge top vistas, and open meadows of blueberries and summer wildflowers. We did the entire hike in one day, took us 10.25 hrs including multiple stops for snacks and photos (8:15-6:30). We decided to go counterclockwise based on reviews here. Glad we did, as it was a nice gradual descent along the Sol Duc river trail to end the hike. It was really cold but we lucked out with bluebird skies and very little clouds (hiked 10/6). Only saw one bear in the seven lakes basin, some chipmunks, and a herd of elk along the river trail. Most of the blueberries were gone and wildflower season was over, but the autumn red leaves from the shrubs provided beautiful color. Saw 6 people the entire day (4 backpackers and 2 runners). Definitely worth it to take the short side trip up to Bogachiel peak for 360 degree views. Would highly recommend this hike for the variety of terrain and views of Mt Olympus and Mt Carrie. Honestly we were expecting the climb to be more difficult based off previews reviews, but it was not bad at all. Doable in a day if you start early and snack a lot!

We went with our 5 and 7 year olds in the pouring rain. It was a great length and experience.

Beautiful trail. It felt longer than anticipated, we did it over two days counterclockwise with a night at heart lake. The first day took us 6-7 hrs to reach camp but the second day descent only took 3-4. Doing this at the beginning of October meant it was quite cold. We were met with rain and hail but thankfully most of the time it was sunny with clouds and some fog. At night the temperatures dipped below freezing. Splendid night sky with stars and Milky Way very visible.

walking
1 month ago

Even though I almost got my girlfriend and I killed on the way there and on the way back, it was a great day.
Such a beautiful beach at any time of day in any weather. My girlfriend and our dog are trying to sleep away the traumatic experience of getting lost in the Olympic national forrest on low fuel and no cell reception. Bring a backpack to carry your stuff- I had a lot of stuff to carry. Oh and we saw a beached whale and four older men that looked like my dad except they were smiling- With the New Balance shoes and puffy vest, scarce hair and strange goatee- if you fit this description and you’re feeling down I highly recommend you visit Ruby Beach.

Awesome hike! Hit it at mid tide and was able to pass through. Perfect ending to an epic weekend at ONP! Oh and read about the hike before you go. There is a little stream to cross and many were angry as they were not prepared to get their feet wet.

1 month ago

one word.......AMAZING! It combines the beauty of the Oregon coast beaches (large rocks and tons of drift word) and the expanse of sand like the California beaches and of course, the mighty Pacific Ocean in all its glory. Just stunning!!! This is definitely a must do!!!!!

on Rialto Beach Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Interesting beach due to the trees there - both those fallen on the beach and those standing. We didn’t go as far as the hole in the rock, but enjoyed our walk (can’t really call what we did a hike). Just a really intriguing beach. Also, a good local tip we got was for a restaurant nearby in La Push called The River’s Edge. It is right on the sea and had the BEST calm chowder of my life.

on Ruby Beach

hiking
1 month ago

There is a river adjacent to where the beach access is. The river flows into the sea and stopped many people from continuing N up the beach. A couple of girls rolled up their pants and carried their shoes to cross. Its doable, just not something most people wanted to do on a cold , rainy day. We went around low tide. Didn’t find anything in the tidepools. Found a dead whale on the beach which was depressing. Found many crabs or pieces of crabs. Not sure why this beach is beautiful. Found Rialto Beach much more intriguing.

Cool hike. Logs are a little difficult to get over to get to the beach, but totally worth it to get to the beach. Rocks and a waterfall make this an amazing photo opportunity.

1 month ago

Came here on 09/10 at like 11am. Weather was perfect. Definitely congested in the parking lot but wasn’t so bad once we got down to the beach. Not so much a hike but just a beautiful place to hang for a bit and drink your coffee.

1 month ago

Spectacular views! So much to see and explore.

hiking
1 month ago

Hard to describe how special and beautiful this beach is. We were visiting from Philadelphia and Ruby Beach left us speechless. Originally planned on an hour here but spent close to 4 exploring and watching the tide come in. I think about this afternoon all the time.

So beautiful... tons of hikes and camping. This is a must see!!!

hiking
2 months ago

We went 2 days in a row and were unable to cross the river to hike to the hole in the wall. The water was slower the second day and we may have crossed through if we had brought sandals, but it's a wide crossing and we decided to skip it rather than go barefoot.

THIS IS CLOSED - NOT ACCESSIBLE AS OF SEPTEMBER 11. The road to the trailhead is closed until October 5 apparently - the road closes about 5 miles from the trailhead (I recommend driving the open part anyway, as it’s beautiful), so maybe you’d be able to walk if you were super keen... but I wasn’t that keen hahaha

My husband, dog and I went on my birthday. It’s nice and all but we didn’t even make it all the way up. I wish we had. The hike itself was just so boring, uneventful, and exhausting. We passed two groups on our way back down, both of which seemed quite over it as well. We are not huge hikers and we just moved up here from Florida so take this review with a grain of salt. It was interesting and I liked it because it was a new experience but not because it was some amazing hike.

One of the prettiest beaches in the state.

hiking
2 months ago

Arguably the best beach in the state. I loved the rocky outcropping and the pretty cliffs and beaches.

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