Drive seven hours for a seven hour day hike? Sounds like a Mountaineers trip! Our group of six met up at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center to hike to Five Mile Island/Happy Four Shelter at 9:30. I was especially pleased to have a chance to hike this trail in dry conditions -- I didn't truly enjoy my last visit, when the rainforest was true to its name.
For as many boots as it sees, the trail is in pretty good shape. But there are many areas of standing water and mud, and fallen trees to slow you down. There's also a stream crossing between Five Mile Island and Happy Four Shelter that takes some time and thought to negotiate. There's been a fresh drop of runners and stringers, so a new bridge will soon make this crossing a non-issue.
Nearly everyone we encountered was masked-up and just happy to be out in nature and sunshine.
You can disregard the mileage stats in the Relive video attached -- something caused all of our GPS devices to register more miles than we actually did. It was a solid 11.5 miles and 500' gain for the day.
Hike #7 of 52 in 2021.