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Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island

Olympic Peninsula

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Hiked Jul 31, 2014

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


Bugs were not too bad


Snow free
This report is for the first 2.7 miles of the Hoh River Trail that leads to Mineral Creek and the falls that are located nearby. The hike is a total of 5.4 miles (to the falls and back). We headed to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center on a busy Thursday afternoon looking to get away from the crowds of people visiting the Olympic NP. Luckily we found a parking spot at the visitor center which was no less crowded than anywhere else in the park. We made our way to the trial head, got passed the sign for the Hall of Mosses and other trails and started our day hike on the Hoh River Trail. The trail is in excellent condition as expected for this time of year. The crowds thin out considerably when you get on this trail. We saw lots of people backpacking with plans to hike all the way to Glacier Meadows. Once you get to Mineral Creek you can hear the falls which are to your left. After crossing the little bridge over Mineral Creek there is a slightly over grown boot path that leads a better vantage point of the falls. I scooted across a log that was laying over the creek, set up my tripod and got a few shots of the falls. We had lunch, chatted with a few other hikers and headed back. Shortly after beginning our return trip we came across a black bear walking towards us on trail so we backtracked a bit. After a couple minutes we headed back to where the bear was while clapping our hands as to not surprise the bear. The bear had moved off the trail and was sitting in the bushes about 10 feet away. We calmly passed by and made our way back to the visitor's center without incident. This abbreviated version of the Hoh River Trail is a great alternative for those looking for something more than the brief and crowded interpretive Hall of Mosses trail but not actually prepared for a three day backpacking trip to the base of Mt Olympus. 2.7 miles to the falls which made for a great reward before heading back. Along the way there are lots of opportunities to stop and enjoy the beautiful aqua -fresh colored Hoh River.