Hoh River Trail


Backpack - Hoh River Trail

Hoh River Trail

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 10.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Hoh Ranger Station at 11:00 am, Friday, May 30, 2014

Experience one of the world’s most famous temperate rain forests, where even the air seems green, and one of the world’s quietest places. Highlights of the trip includes river views, rain forests, tremendous trees, likely Roosevelt Elk sightings, and perhaps even a visit to "One Square Inch of Silence."

On day 1 we will hike about 5 ¼ miles along the Hoh River, gaining about 300’, to our campsite at Five Mile Island Camp.  During this day, we will search for One Square Inch of Silence (http://onesquareinch.org/ ).  Five Mile Island Camp is located in a maple grove near to Hoh River, and also a frequent haunt of Roosevelt Elk who graze the meadows.  On day 2, we will hike further along the river (leaving our tent and overnight gear behind), perhaps to Olympus Guard Station (about 8 miles round trip), or further as the group decides.  On day 3, we will hike 5 ¼ miles back to our cars.

Leader permission is required, which you can obtain by sending an e-mail to the leader at dicklambe@hotmail.com .  Prior backpacking experience is not required, but you should be able to hike 5 ¼ miles in a day at 1.5 – 2 miles per hour with your loaded backpack.  Lightweight backpacking is encouraged.  Generally, your backpack (with food and water) should weigh 35 pounds or less. 

I expect low overnight temperatures will be in the 40s.  You should check the current weather report shortly before departure:  http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-123.93220&lat=47.86106#.U0r__xROWM8

Since this is a rain forest trip, rain should be expected, and you should bring rain coat, rain pants, and pack cover and clothes that will keep you warm when wet (no cotton!), along with the ten essentials.  The trip is subject to change or cancellation if the predicted weather is unusually poor.

Other gear notes:

1.  Our campsite has bear wires, so no bear cans are required.  Bring a stuff sack or dry bag to hang your food (no plastic grocery bags).   You should not use the stuff sack from your clothes, tent or sleeping bag for your food. 

2.  You should bring some method of water purification. 

3.  Bugs are certainly possible; bring bug repellant.

4.  To reduce pack weight, you should consider sharing gear, especially stoves, cooking pots, water filters, and tents.  About 1 week before the trip, I will send an E-mail to all.  If you are interested in sharing any items, Reply All to this E-mail, describing gear you would like to provide for sharing or if you are interested in sharing another’s gear.   Sharers should make arrangements directly with any interested people. 

Carpooling will be encouraged, and arranged about 1 week before departure. 



Hoh River Trail

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