Backpack - Hoh River to Lewis Meadows


Backpack - Hoh River to Lewis Meadows

This will be a three-day 22.71-mile hike with low elevation at an average pace of 2.0 on the Hoh River Trail. This is an opportunity to explore the Olympic National Park Hoh Rainforest which is one of the largest temperate rainforests in the U.S.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 22.71 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,211 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,953 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 average

We will meet at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center at 10 am. Please note you will need to pay $30 for entrance to the park. 

We will have a moderate day of hiking, starting with a 0.75-mile loop at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center Hall of Mosses. Then we will head out on the Hoh River Trailhead for 5.75 miles to the 5 Mile Group Camp site. We will set up camp for our home for two nights. 

The next day we will head out for a 10.46-mile round trip to Lewis Meadow and back to camp. This will be a total for the day of 1,270 elevation. 

On day three we will have a casual morning and head out for a 5.75-mile hike back out to the trailhead.

Among the only protected temperate rain forests in the Northern Hemisphere, the Hoh Rain Forest is a not-to-be-missed attraction on the West Side of the Olympic Peninsula. Moisture-laden air from the Pacific brings an average of 140 inches of annual rainfall to the Hoh Valley, (record of 190 inches) in addition to condensed mist that contributes another 30 inches. Nineteen miles inland from Hwy 101 you’ll find the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. 


  • The route starts and ends on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula.  Depending on where you are coming from, the drive to the trailhead could take 4 hours or longer and could involve a ferry trip.  Please take this into consideration when signing up and planning to leave.  The 10am start time leaves the possibility of traveling to the trailhead the morning of the trip, though you may consider staying near the trailhead the night before.
  • We will need to carry bear canisters.  
  • Participants will be asked to kindly reimburse the leader $20 each for the cost  of the backcountry permits.
  • The trailhead is inside Olympic National Park.  You'll need to pay the entrance fee or have a National Park Pass or similar.


All participants will need to have  full COVID vax and booster and self-check for no COVID symptoms the day of the trip.  A negative at-home test may be required depending on the at time requirements from the Mountaineers.


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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