South Fork Hoh River Trail

Forks, Washington

South Fork Hoh River Trail Professional Review and Guide

"So, you want to explore the rain forest but don’t relish the thought of fighting the crowds of tourists in the Hoh. Well, have I got a secret for you. The nearby South Fork Hoh River goes through a rain forest valley that is nearly as grand as the larger main stem of the river, but it sees less than 1% of the visitors.

Starting in a dense moss-covered forest of relatively young Sitka spruces and western hemlocks, the needle-covered path descends from the parking area, 1 losing about 100 feet of elevation in just under 0.2 mile to a nearby gravel road. After almost touching this road at a curve in that vehicle route, your trail leaves civilization and enters a shady realm of intensely green second-growth forest. Sword ferns and mosses cover most of the rocky forest floor, while in May the blossoms of oxalis and trillium add white highlights to this land of green."

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Trail Information

Forks
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.7
Distance
350 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Duration
Spring-Fall
Season
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