South Fork of the Hoh River

Forks, Washington 98331

South Fork of the Hoh River

South Fork of the Hoh River Professional Review and Guide

"This remote trail off ers a quiet stroll through the rainforest and big timber along the South Fork of the Hoh River. From the trailhead the path descends through a stand of young spruce, passing a hairpin turn on a closed logging road before veering away to the east. The forest is less dense beyond the park boundary, with a complex over-story featuring a variety of canopy heights. Huge Sitka spruce and western hemlock tower above all, while their younger relatives vie for openings in the canopy. Vine maple is a common understory shrub, and a variety of forbs and ferns decorate the forest floor.

The descent continues past a fair-size stream before dropping the traveler onto Big Flat, a broad swath of bottomland on the north bank of the South Fork. Potential campsites abound as the trail continues eastward just out of sight of the river. Ancient spruce trees are spaced hundreds of feet apart, with an understory sometimes crowded with red alder and vine maple and at other times almost entirely absent."

South Fork of the Hoh River Reviews

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1/14/2007
the trail has lots of trees down and had 1-2" of snow which has melted now but there is still snow in the surrounding hills there were a few elk by the park entrance and fresh cougar tracks near big flat.the river is running clear and moderatly low. oh yes and plenty of rain!!
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Trail Information

Forks
Nearby City
8
Distance
110 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Tom; Custom Correct Mount Olympus Climber's Map
Local Maps

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Jul 2018