Hoh River Forest and Five Mile Island

Forks, Washington 98331

Hoh River Forest and Five Mile Island

Hoh River Forest and Five Mile Island Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"One of the most popular places in Olympic National Park, the Hoh Valley is where most hikers get their first taste of a temperate rain forest. The visitors center and a couple of well-groomed nature trails attract busloads of admirers from around the world. The Hoh Rain Forest truly is one of the world’s most spectacular places, and you only need to hike a few miles upvalley to fully appreciate it.

This trip to Five Mile Island is far enough to experience the old-growth grandeur and wildness of this valley, yet close enough for most hikers to achieve, whether young or old. The trail is impeccably groomed and virtually level.

Dogs are prohibited."

More Hoh River Forest and Five Mile Island Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Erik Molvar
"The journey starts on the paved walkway that is shared with the Spruce Nature Trail system. The Hoh River Trail soon splits off to the northeast—a wide, smooth path that runs across the forest duff. The lower portion of the Hoh valley is robed in a magnificent rainforest, where the enormous boles of the Sitka spruce rise like pillars from the verdant forest floor. Mosses, ferns, and conifer seedlings carpet every level spot, including fallen logs and standing stumps. The trail wanders close to the river at times, affording campsites for short-range travelers."
"The world-famous rain forest is accessible most of the year. Children will love seeing the huge Roosevelt elk, which through their browsing and grazing keep the forest floor cropped of undergrowth and looking park-like. The chances of seeing them are best in late fall and winter, when herds are down in the valley and most tourists are gone, but one resident band can be seen even in busy summer months. The Hoh River trail extends 17 miles, all the way to the edge of the Blue Glacier on Mount Olympus; however, families can amply savor the beauty of the rain forest in the 3 miles to the Mount Tom Creek trail junction."

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5/1/2010
Very fun trip. The Hall of Moss was definitely sweet. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
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7/15/2002
Lots of cool trees, views, and hanging mosses here (unless that was a nearby trail) The river was nice to walk along
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Trail Information

Forks
Nearby City
10.6 miles
Distance
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Hoh River Trail No. 133S, Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin–Hoh
Local Maps

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