Olympic National Park Hoh River to Third Beach

Port Angeles, Washington 98362

Olympic National Park Hoh River to Third Beach

Olympic National Park: Hoh River to Third Beach Professional Guide

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"Trace the rugged coastline past dozens of sea-carved rock formations on this five-star weekend trip along the Olympic Peninsula. Is it a hike or an army obstacle course? Both, actually, which you’ll find out as you negotiate ladders and ropes through upland rainforest and rocky beach on this 16.1-mile trek. At the Oil City trailhead, take the South Coast Trail along the river. Two rights lead to the coast; cruise past a bleached driftwood graveyard to Jefferson Cove.

Note: Cross the area only at tides lower than two feet. Get charts at the ranger station. Head inland near a small waterfall and scale a 60-foot cliff on two fixed ropes. The 3.5-mile upland trail winds through a high-canopy forest, and begins a roller-coaster section up log steps and down into the mossy forest. Take the boardwalk over the marshy area to Mosquito Creek and camp on a bluff overlooking the Pacific."

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Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multi-Day Routes (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Shorter but rougher than the northern coast route, the Wildcatter Coast consists of daunting headlands, saturated forest, secluded coves, sprawling tide pools, magical beaches, and the shattered dreams of oil men and realtors who had hoped to exploit this rugged beauty. But now you can extol it! Marvel at roving shorebirds harvesting the surf, and investigate crusty rocks decorated in purple and orange by colonies of starfish. Not least, experience amazing sunsets— a fire-red sun extinguished by a furious ocean and glowing amid jagged sea stacks and bulky guano-stained bird-incubating islands." Read more
"The hike along the southern Olympic coast is shorter but more difficult than the northern route. The wild terrain here is more rugged than it is to the north, and hikers must deal with greater tide problems, muddier inland paths, and two potentially dangerous stream crossings. For experienced hikers all of this adds to the trip’s appeal, but this is a poor choice for inexperienced backpackers or those hiking with children. As compensation for the extra effort, the southern coastal strip has somewhat fewer people, no advance reservations are required, and the scenery is more dramatic. Note: Hikers with only one vehicle can use a shuttle service to move their car between trailheads while they hike." Read more

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3/8/2004
The weather was absolutely amazing for the week that we were there. Admittedly everything was sopping wet from the rainfall before our trip. The waves and tides have to be respected. We saw quite a bit driftwood floating in the waves - beautiful to watch, dangerous as hell to swim near. We came from the north down to Mosquito Creek and couldn't find a way accross, so we just camped in a small clearing overlooking Alexander Island for 2 days. I'd love to go back, but I don't think even Bill Gates could bribe God to do what He did with the weather that week...absolutely amazing!
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Trail Information

Port Angeles
Nearby City
16.1
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
2 days
Duration
Olympic National Park, (305) 565-3100; nps.gov/olym
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Dec 2018