Hoh River–Glacier Meadows

Forks, Washington

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One of the most popular places in Olympic National Park, the Hoh Valley is where most hikers get their ?rst taste of a temperate rain forest. The visitor center and a couple of well-groomed nature trails attract busloads of admirers, from amateur photographers to carabiner-clanking climbers—and from around the world. While the Hoh Rain Forest is certainly the busiest of Olympic National Park’s famed rain forests, most hikers visit during summer when it’s usually dry. Come in the spring or even winter to really get a sense of the rain forest—and to experience the valley with far fewer visitors. Chances are good then of also witnessing the elk herd that lives in the valley in winter. Walk a few miles through some of the most massive trees on the planet—or spend several days hiking all the way to Mount Olympus’s expansive Blue Glacier. The easy hike to Five Mile Island allows you to experience the valley’s old-growth grandeur and wildness as a day hike.
100 Classic Hikes Washington

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100 Classic Hikes Washington

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

One of the most popular places in Olympic National Park, the Hoh Valley is where most hikers get their ?rst taste of a temperate rain forest. The visitor center and a couple of well-groomed nature trails attract busloads of admirers, from amateur photographers to carabiner-clanking climbers—and from around the world. While the Hoh Rain Forest is certainly the busiest of Olympic National Park’s famed rain forests, most hikers visit during summer when it’s usually dry.

Come in the spring or even winter to really get a sense of the rain forest—and to experience the valley with far fewer visitors. Chances are good then of also witnessing the elk herd that lives in the valley in winter. Walk a few miles through some of the most massive trees on the planet—or spend several days hiking all the way to Mount Olympus’s expansive Blue Glacier. The easy hike to Five Mile Island allows you to experience the valley’s old-growth grandeur and wildness as a day hike.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Forks
Distance: 36
Elevation Gain: 4,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Best late July through October
Local Contacts: Olympic NP, Wilderness Information Center, Port Angeles
Local Maps: Green Trails, Seven Lakes Basin–Hoh River Trail No. 133S; Custom Correct, Seven Lakes Basin–Hoh
Driving Directions: Directions to Hoh River–Glacier Meadows

Recent Trail Reviews

9/20/2008
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The access trail to Mt Olympus. The views of Olympus, High Divide, Bailey Range, Hoh Valley and the glaciers are stunning. For those with mountaineering skills, the ascent of Olympus is phenomenal.



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