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Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island

Olympic Peninsula


Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast
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10.6 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.


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A classic hike in any season, but come in winter and you’ll find that the hordes of tourists, hikers, and climbers who use this trail in the summer have dwindled to just a trickle.

You can’t escape a sense of magic at the Hoh. The huge trees, the cascading moss, the birds and Roosevelt elk, the Olympic Mountains rising above and the broad river valley extending up and downstream all add up to make this a hike that must be done at least once in a lifetime. The trail is easy, too, with minimal elevation gain, excellent tread, and an open understory.

Hike as far as you’d like; there are great spots to stop all along the way. Five Mile Island offers a sunny lunch spot with views of Bogachiel Peak. If it is raining, and you want to find a sheltered location, you can press on another half mile to the Happy Four Shelter.


Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.8597, -123.9337 Open map in new window


Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

Hoh River (#15)

Olympic National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin-Hoh

Buy the Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S map

Getting There

From Forks, head south on U.S. Highway 101 for about 13 miles. Turn east onto Upper Hoh Road and continue about 18.2 miles to the road end where the ranger station and trailhead are located.

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