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Washington Backcountry Trails

A deer in the background



Hoh River

Hoh River valley

Definition of terms below
Location: Olympic National Park
Directions: Get yourself over to the Olympic Peninsula and drive north on US 101 past Kalaloch and turn right on Upper Hoh Road follow to trailhead
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation +/- 500 ft elevation gain
Distance: 6+ miles round trip
Rating: 8 out of 10
Fishing: No luck
Scenery: Cool forest hike, big trees
Map: Printable Topo Map


Hoh River is a beautiful place. 

This is an easy forest hike, along the Hoh River. Keep in mind that the easier they are the more people you will see. We lucked out and only see one other party. Also we crossed the river and made a camp far away from the trail.

The animals in the area are plentiful-deer, elk and even seen a bear. The bear story is a rib tickler for me: we were out fishing the river in the afternoon and I was looking diligently for the perfect hole not paying all that much attention to anything else and I just happened to look left and what did I see-- a black bear about 10 feet away, he was not paying any attention either. We both took a quick look at each other and he went one way and I the other.

We took a friend who had never had a pack on his back before and he enjoyed the hike, so if your looking for an easy hike with lots to see-head on out here.

Fishing-if we had gone were the salmon were running we may have had better luck.

Do it again? Yes


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