South Fork Hoh River


Backpack - South Fork Hoh River

A one night backpack trip to the mysterious and rarely visited South Fork of the Hoh River in Olympic National Park. This trip is intended to be an appetizers trip to the subsequent, juxtaposed four day/three night trip on the main Hoh River to Glacier Meadows and the Blue Glacier (see Mountaineers Website Posting). The South Fork Hoh is known for it exceptional wildlife--mainly bears and elk and the great beauty and solitude of its rainforest.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 150 ft

Friday around Noon.  Exact time will be determined later.

A Discover Pass is required to park at the trailhead.

Preference for this trip will be given to those that are also signed-up for the Hoh to Glacier Meadows trip on July 1-4.  Others will gladly be allowed to register after June 20th.  There is a $9 fee, $8 plus part of the fee.

On Friday we will hike  1.5 miles from the TH to the  Big Flat camp.  Set up camp and proceed to the end of the trail/route and return to the camp for the evening. This 'day hike will be upto 6.5 miles, maybe 500' gain.  The trail becomes increasingly brushy and faded as you progress up river and may require some bushwacking.  The trip out to the TH is very short and will be timed to meet the next trip start time.  This should be an adventure.  

Leader Permission is Required in order to give preference to those co-participating in the Hoh to Glacier Meadows Backpacking Trip July 1-4.  Please, no permission requests before May 22


South Fork Hoh River

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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