Hoh River Trail hike
The Hoh River area of Olympic National Park is an extremely popular place to hike due to the beauty of the dense temperate rainforest. However, for those wanting to distance themselves from the crowds, we recommend hiking along the Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island.
From Forks go south on US-101 for 21.1km. Turn left on Upper Hoh Rd. Follow signs for the Hoh River section of Olympic National Park. After the gate go for a few miles until you reach parking.
|When to do|
Yes, along the Hoe River Trail, permits required.
Yes, at trailhead.
Out and back
Hoh River Trail
Route Description for Hoh River Trail
Begin along the trail just to the right of the visitors centre. There is a dense network of short nature trails leaving from the parking area; however, you just need to follow signs for the Hoh River Trail. Soon you will escape the nature trails and pass the large sign for the Hoh River Trail, outlining mileage for all the destinations along it.
You will trek through the incredibly dense, classic Pacific Northwest temperate rainforest for the entirety of the trail. The first 1.6km or so is always the most impressive. From the humongous trees and bushes, to the ‘Old Mans Beard’ and moss hanging off every branch available, it feels like you’re walking through a fairy tale.
After a 1.6km of hiking you will get your first view of the gently flowing Hoh River. Across the river you will see Mt Tom poking its head out from the forested foothills. The trail will pass by the river several more times, winding left and right, but never gaining a tremendous amount of elevation.
After just over 8.0km of hiking you will arrive at the Five Mile Island campground, which is a great place to stop for the day. It is named as such because of the island that has formed in the river, which is commonly home to deer and elk.
After enjoying the sand beaches beside Five Mile Island return the way you came.
The Hoh River Trail makes for a fantastic backpacking trip. If you have the juice, go all the way to the end of the trail. You can go right up to the edge of the Blue Glacier at the foot of Mt. Olympus!
Similar hikes to the Hoh River Trail hike
The sustained incline as you hike up to Lake Angeles is admittedly dull at times. However, the incredible, fortress-like views…
This classic loop hike walks you through the isolated northwest section of the park. The trail takes you out to…
A classic full day hike along one of the most beautiful continuous ridgelines in the park. All the time spent…