Hoh River Trail - Backpacking/Camping
The Hoh River Trail gives a stunning opportunity to experience the fascinations of a temperate rain forest and will appeal to all levels of backpackers by offering a rare glimpse into this special ecology.
The Hoh River Trail stretches 17.3 miles, one-way, to the Glacier Meadows Campsite located at the base of Mt Olympus.
Destination Distance From Downtown
This trail is suitable for all levels of backpackers. It is well maintained, and there is little elevation gain in the first twelve miles. The trail can even be gauged as a 4 star for those looking to venture to the Glacier Meadows Campsite which averages over 35 miles roundtrip and 3700' of elevation gain.
Time To Complete
With 17.3 miles into the Hoh River Valley there is an ample amount of options to choose a simple day hike to a multi-day backpacking trip.
Summer and Fall
The best season for exploring and enjoying this river valley is mid-June to early September due to the immense precipitation this area receives in the fall through spring seasons.
There is a rule of thumb for the area that dogs are only allowed where vehicles can go. Dogs, even leashed, are not permitted on the trail.
Camping at the Hoh Campground is first come, first served costing $20 per night. There are a total of 88 sites available. Wilderness camping along the Hoh River Trail is a $5 per night per person fee. For the Martin Creek Stock Camp, Elk Lake, and Glacier Meadows sites reservations are needed between May 1st to September 30th. Visit the Olympic National Park website for the mailing address to submit reservation requests.
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