Hoh Rainforest Backpack

The Hoh Rainforest, the most famous temperate rainforest in the United States, is so gorgeous it is hard to recommend just one trail, but this route should be tops on your list.

As you drive the Upper Hoh Road look for elk bedded down or feeding in the meadows immediately past Minnie Peterson Campground. Elk may also be found near the campgrounds by the Visitor Center.

Throughout the winter season rain falls frequently in the Hoh Rain Forest contributing to the yearly total of 140 to 170 inches of precipitation each year. The result is a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species.

Mosses and ferns that blanket the surfaces add another dimension to the enchantment of the rainforest making this the ultimate rainforest backpack trek.

The trail is mostly flat for much of the way as it follows the northern banks of the river, but begins an abrupt ascent at mile 11. From there the trail climbs 3,000 feet over four miles veering up from the Hoh River Valley to Glacier Meadow. The Hoh River Trail is a main route for mountain climbers accessing Blue Glacier about 18.3 miles up the trail. By the way, Blue Glacier really is blue!

  • Highlights: Old growth forest of trees mosses and ferns, large glaciers
  • Near: Seattle, WA
  • Distance: 32 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 3700 ft
  • Hike Time: 3 days
  • Difficulty: 7/10
  • Trail Condition: well maintained trail
  • Backcountry Wilderness Permits – >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Maximum Group Size: 12
  • Best Season: Late Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Kid Friendly: Yes
  • GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<

Getting to Trail head:

From Seattle Airport: hwy 5 (south) to hwy 101 (north) to hwy 8 (west) to hwy 12 (west) to hwy 101 (north) to Hoh Valley Rd. (right) to end of road (trail head).

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