The Hoh River is a river in the U.S. state of Washington, located on the Olympic Peninsula. About 56mi long, the Hoh River originates at the Hoh Glacier on Mount Olympus and flows west through the Olympic Mountains of Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest, then through the foothills in a broad valley, emptying into the Pacific Ocean at the Hoh Indian Reservation. The final portion of the Hoh River's course marks the boundary between the coastal segment of Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest, the Hoh Indian Reservation.Discover how to plan a Olympic National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
The Hoh's drainage basin is 299sqmi. Its discharge, or streamflow, has considerable seasonal variation, with summer streamflow averaging about one-third that of winter flows.
The Hoh is a glacial river fed by glaciers on Mount Olympus, such as the Blue Glacier. The glaciers grind rock into a fine glacial flour which turns the Hoh River a milky slate blue color. The river valley is generally broad and relatively flat, causing the glacial sediments to settle out, creating extensive gravel bars, river meanders, and the many side channels characteristic of a braided river.
Hoh River Trail reviews
The winding Hoh River is fantastic, whether driving or hiking, you see the most beautiful vistas. The trail was not too challenging with great spots to rest along the river. We saw elk along the way..... more »
There are loop trails closer to the visitor center that most people use while visiting the Hoh Rain Forest. This trail is an out-and-back hike along the river but, if you can handle a longer hike... more »
This is a well marked and well tread trail. Many backpackers use this trail. There are several areas along the trail where you can find a peaceful place to sit and enjoy a snack or lunch. The trail... more »
The High trails are great for families and those who don't have a lot of time but would still like to get a feel for Olympic National Park. There is the .8 mile loop "Hall of Mosses", with informative signs along the way, only a 100 ft elevation along the way. For a bit longer hike there is the Spruce trail, a 1.2 mile loop that goes past the river. I saw quite a few families with small children on the trails, the kids seemed to enjoy it and had enough energy to finish. There are bathrooms by the visitors center before you go on the trails.
Beautiful hike following the Hoh river. Went backpacking on a Wednesday and it was swarming with people. Would recommend getting there early to avoid the crowds. The trail is mostly flat so it would be a great place to take beginners for hiking or backpacking.
One of the best hikes of my life. Moss everywhere. Life bursting at the seams. Prettiest powder blue lake. Waterfalls.
Beautiful hike, but expect there to be a lot of people. This hike is flat for the vast majority of it. Many places to camp starting around 2.9 miles in. Excellent place to start out young kids on backpacking!
Wonderful trail through more rainforest. Remember to stay on the trail if you visit, as walking on the logs and moss can damage the forest and leave dead spots in the greenery. This is an out and back that lets you go as far as you’d like toward the glacier.
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