Welcome to the Hoh River
When you leave Highway 101 and turn East on Upper Hoh Road you will follow the Hoh River and eventually reach the West entrance to the Olympic National Park and the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Along the way you will be driving through lands purchased and restored by the Hoh River Trust - look for our signs!
Additionally, you can turn West on Oil City Road. There is a small parking area and you can enjoy a relatively easy hike to the mouth of the Hoh River at the Pacific Ocean.
Olympic National Park - Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
A general map and information regarding facilities, picnic areas, camping, and regulations can be found on the park's Hoh Rain Forest Brochure (PDF).
Located at the end of the Upper Hoh Road, is a great place to start. The staff there can give you ideas for your visit and exhibits will help explain what makes this area so special. The visitor center is open daily during the summer, closed December through early March, and generally open Friday through Sunday during the spring and fall seasons (hours may vary according to season.).
Two short nature trails loop through the forest near the Visitor Center -- the Hall of Mosses Trail (.8 miles), and the Spruce Nature Trail (1.2 miles).
The Hoh's major hiking trail is the Hoh River trail, which leads 17.3 miles to Glacier Meadows, on the shoulder of Mount Olympus. The Hoh Lake trail branches off from the Hoh River trail just after the ranger station and ascends to Bogachiel Peak between the Hoh and the Sol Duc Valley.
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, approximately 31 miles south of Forks off Highway 101 Phone: (360) 374-6925 Open Daily in summer; open Friday-Sunday remainder of year. Hours vary according to season. Visitor information, exhibits about Olympic's temperate rain forests. Self-guided nature trails; one accessible with some assistance. Wilderness use permits and animal resistant food containers available.
Before entering the Olympic National Park there are a number of State of Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information click here.
Mini-Trail: 0.1 mile flat, paved, accessible-with-assistance loop in old growth rain forest.
Hall of Mosses: 0.8 mile easy loop through old growth temperate rain forest, with 100 foot elevation gain.
Spruce Nature Trail: 1.2 mile loop through temperate rain forest to Hoh River. Less than 100 foot elevation gain.
South Snider-Jackson: Starts just west of entrance station. 11.8 miles, ascending 2,700 feet before descending again to the Bogachiel River. River crossings can be hazardous after heavy rain and snowmelt.
Hoh River: Dayhikers can walk the lower sections of the 17.3-mile route to Glacier Meadows, on the shoulder of Mount Olympus. For the whole route, elevation gain is 3,700 feet. An additional 700-foot climb in 0.9 miles leads to the Blue Glacier. Backpackers must obtain a wilderness camping permit. Climbing Mount Olympus requires glacier travel skills and equipment.
Several coastal areas within Olympic National Park, as well as the town of Forks, can be reached in less than one hour by car from the Hoh.