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Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island

Olympic Peninsula

A classic hike in any season, but come in winter and you’ll find that the hordes of tourists, hikers, and climbers who use this trail in the summer have dwindled to just a trickle. Continue reading

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast
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Length

10.6 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.

Rating

3.73 out of 5

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  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

WTA worked here in 2012, 2011 and 2010!

A classic hike in any season, but come in winter and you’ll find that the hordes of tourists, hikers, and climbers who use this trail in the summer have dwindled to just a trickle.

You can’t escape a sense of magic at the Hoh. The huge trees, the cascading moss, the birds and Roosevelt elk, the Olympic Mountains rising above and the broad river valley extending up and downstream all add up to make this a hike that must be done at least once in a lifetime. The trail is easy, too, with minimal elevation gain, excellent tread, and an open understory.

Hike as far as you’d like; there are great spots to stop all along the way. Five Mile Island offers a sunny lunch spot with views of Bogachiel Peak. If it is raining, and you want to find a sheltered location, you can press on another half mile to the Happy Four Shelter.

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Susan Elderkin

Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.8597, -123.9337 Open in Google Maps

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

Hoh River (#15)

Olympic National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin-Hoh

Buy the Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S map

Getting There

From Forks, head south on U.S. Highway 101 for about 13 miles. Turn east onto Upper Hoh Road and continue about 18.2 miles to the road end where the ranger station and trailhead are located.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 

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Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island

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