Hoh River

OutAndBack • 35 mi • 4200 ft

A 17.5-mile (one way) backpack from the Hoh RainforestVisitor Center to Glacier Meadows, with an extra 0.6-mile side trip to reach the Blue Glacier overlook.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Forks
Length: 35 total miles
Elevation Gain: 4,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Top Elevation: 4,700 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Maps: USGS Mount Tom, Mount Olympus; Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin - Hoh
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WOW! Green, Green and more Green! And wet. But yes, it is a rainforest. We did this trail in early november and were 1 of 3 cars total in the parking lot. Each mile there was a new backpacking camp. Beautiful spots down on the river. The green and the colors of the leaves just got more intense as we went. We didn't make it all the way to the glaciers, but this is a trail i can't wait to come back and do in the summer. First 4 miles were nearly flat giving you a chance to adjust with your pack.


This was a great trail. We did it in 3 days and recommend that time at minimum. We rushed the last day back to the car from Glacier Meadows. We stayed at Mt. Tom Creek, Lewis Meadows, and Glacier Meadows Campground. Our favorite campground was Lewis Meadows. It doesn't look like much from the trail, but if you follow the trail back back back to the Hoh River, there are some great sites! It's a very private campground with gorgeous surroundings. Glacier Meadows was a good campground. However, we had some difficultly getting across the rope ladder / loose rock climb just before Glacier Meadows campground. This would have been much easier without packs. We encountered many day-hikers that had alot less difficulty crossing this ravine than we did. If I were doing it again, I would have stayed at Martin Creek and day-hiked to Blue Glacier. I recommend this hike. There is such diversity to the landscape and worth seeing all of it!

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