Hoh Rain Forest Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 420' 128 m
Descent: -422' -129 m
High: 859' 262 m
Low: 690' 210 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)
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“The luxuriant vegetation and silty blue waters in the Hoh River Valley do not disappoint.”— Megan W
From the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center area, take the paved loop east for just 0.2 miles to the junction with Hoh River Trail. This well groomed, easy trail ascends the lush river valley along the north bank of the braided Hoh River. The heavily wooded and mossy trail is mostly flat with only a few gentle undulations.
The first good view of the river comes around 1 mile, although you'll likely have heard the rush of its waters over the birdsong much earlier. Spot Mount Tom and the High Divide from here. Pass campsites, two small falls and the impressive Cougar Creek cedar grove. After about 5 miles, you arrive at Five Mile Island, a meadow-like spot formed by a huge gravel bar. Elk often can be found here and there are good views up valley. After enjoying this worthwhile destination, turn around and retrace your steps back to the trailhead. Note: no bikes allowed on this trail.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park