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Hoh Lake Trail

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Experience amazing wildflower displays and a good smorgasboard of berries in the right season.


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6.3

Miles

10.1

KM

61%

Runnable

5,256' 1,602 m

High

991' 302 m

Low

4,376' 1,334 m

Up

136' 41 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

This trail is sometimes muddy with standing water on the trail, and the elevation gain makes for a challenging route. Runners of this trail will certainly be rewarded for their burning legs, as views along the way are spectacular.

Description

The Hoh Lake Trail is a challenging but rewarding trek up to a beautiful alpine lake and the High Divide Trail beyond. Starting from the junction with the Hoh River Trail, head north up through dense forest. After about 1/2 mile the trail turns west to begin a series of relentless switchbacks up a steep hillside. The park service says there are 21 switchbacks, but who is counting?! This climb goes along the edge of an area that burned in 1978 and is exposed to the sun. Views of Hoh River Valley and Mt. Olympus are great from here.

Upon reaching the ridge from Green Peak, you'll get a brief respite, but more ascending remains. Run steadily uphill paralleling Hoh Creek and then cross it. A patch of level ground and some camping spots are found after the creek crossing. Surmount another handful of switchbacks to the southern edge of Hoh Lake. When you're ready, climb up out of the Hoh Lake bowl, contouring around the eastern side. From here tarverse just below the spine and end at the junction with High Divide Trail at the southern base of Bogachiel Peak.

Check with a ranger beforehand about trail conditions - snowfield crossings, downed trees or trail washouts can occur here. Times for least amount of snow: mid-July through September. Note: bikes are not allowed on this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers, huckleberries, blueberries, tea berries and raspberries. Bear, elk, deer, otter, rabbit, coyote, marmots.

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Megan W

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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Photos

Looking down on the Hoh River
Dec 24, 2017 near Port An…, WA
Hoh Lake Trail in Olympic National Park.
Dec 16, 2016 near Port An…, WA
Hoh Lake. Worth the climb.
Dec 24, 2017 near Forks, WA
Heading up to Hoh Lake.
Dec 24, 2017 near Port An…, WA
Hoh Lake
Mar 19, 2015 near Forks, WA

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