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Hoh Rain Forest Out and Back

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Length


10.1 Miles 16.2 Kilometers


578' 176 m

Ascent

-576' -176 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

867' 264 m

High

682' 208 m

Low

Shared By Megan W

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All Clear 40 days ago
Mostly Dry History

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

Megan W

Dogs No Dogs

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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Aug 3, 2018
Henry Nistler
easy elevation, good experience inside the rainforest. 10.1mi
Jul 21, 2018
Christopher Clinton
14mi
Jul 10, 2018
Raymond Tang
Jul 2, 2018
Eugene K
4mi
Jun 28, 2018
AllieB Sunshine
my favorite hike
Jun 27, 2018
Rebecca Anne
Jun 23, 2018
Colin Strabala
they need to allow people to raft the river 8mi
Jun 3, 2018
Jason Haefner

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  4.1 from 19 votes

#543

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