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Hoh Rain Forest Out and Back

Intermediate
 4.2 (33) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The luxuriant vegetation and silty blue waters in the Hoh River Valley do not disappoint.


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9.9

Miles

15.9

KM

Out and Back

859' 262 m

High

690' 210 m

Low

420' 128 m

Up

422' 129 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Revel in the mossy Endor-like vibe on this mellow out-and-back to Five Mile Island.

Description

The Hoh's major hiking trail is the Hoh River Trail, which leads 17.3 miles to Glacier Meadows and Blue Glacier, on the shoulder of Mount Olympus. This featured hike describes the out-and back on the initial 5 miles of this beautiful trail. The number of other users drops off after the first few miles, even though this is one of the most heavily used trails in the park.

From the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center area, take the paved loop east for just 0.2 miles to the junction with Hoh River Trail. This well groomed, easy trail ascends the lush river valley along the north bank of the braided Hoh River. The heavily wooded and mossy trail is mostly flat with only a few gentle undulations.

The first good view of the river comes around 1 mile, although you'll likely have heard the rush of its waters over the birdsong much earlier. Spot Mount Tom and the High Divide from here. Pass campsites, two small falls and the impressive Cougar Creek cedar grove. After about 5 miles, you arrive at Five Mile Island, a meadow-like spot formed by a huge gravel bar. Elk often can be found here and there are good views up valley. After enjoying this worthwhile destination, turn around and retrace your steps back to the trailhead. Note: no bikes allowed on this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns, moss and huge trees. Elk, deer, bear.

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Megan W

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  4.2 from 33 votes

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Photos

Trail maintenance is a BIG job on the Hoh River Trail!
Jun 26, 2017 near Quinault, WA
Rushing side stream
Mar 24, 2015 near Forks, WA
Green More Green on the Trail
Feb 25, 2015 near Forks, WA
Hanging mosses in the Hoh
May 17, 2019 near Forks, WA
Beautiful days are well spent at Five Mile Island.
Jun 26, 2017 near Quinault, WA
The Hoh Rainforest drips with lichen and moss.
Jun 26, 2017 near Forks, WA

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