hikes

May 19, 2017

Hoh River Rainforest backpack

From Portland, we drove five hours to the Hoh River rainforest in the Olympic National Park. We hiked in 5.1 miles to the Five Mile Island camp and day hiked the next day towards the Olympus Guard Station. The trail is relatively flat, with only about 400 feet of elevation gain.

The camp area was quiet the first night, but on Saturday, it was an endless stream of people coming through. Just past the turn off for the camp area, there were a lot of downed trees blocking the trail, so hikers were confused about where the main trail was and came through our camp instead. Once the main campsites were full, people crossed a ribbon of the river to reach the large gravel bars that make up Five Mile Island to set up camp there. From our campsite, we had great views of the river and the high ridges surrounding us, as well as two snow-capped peaks: Cat Peak and Mount Carrie.

On the second day, we did a day hike and trail runners that passed us said they had seen a bear on the trail near the Olympus Guard Station. While Roosevelt elk and black bears are common here, all we saw were deer that visited our campsite in the evenings.

Hoh River backpack trip

starting the hike in

Hoh River rainforest backpack

Hoh River side channel

Hoh River rainforest backpack

mossy forest

Hoh River rainforest backpack

rustic bridge over a creek

Hoh River rainforest backpack

beautiful creek and waterfall

Hoh River rainforest backpack

small creek crossing

Hoh River rainforest backpack

old growth cedar trees

Hoh River rainforest backpack

Big Leaf maples covered with moss

Hoh River rainforest backpack

hiking in to camp

Hoh River rainforest backpack

5 miles in at the 5 Mile Island Camp sign

Hoh River rainforest backpack

first night campsite

Hoh River rainforest backpack

view from camp at night

Hoh River rainforest backpack

day hike towards the Olympus Guard Station

Hoh River rainforest backpack

knobby growth on a downed tree

Hoh River rainforest backpack

more mossy trees

Hoh River rainforest backpack

there was a lot of mud on the trail

Hoh River rainforest backpack

Happy Four shelter

Hoh River rainforest backpack

on the second day, we moved our camp closer to the river

Hoh River rainforest backpack

view from camp

Hoh River rainforest backpack

campers on the gravel bar

Hoh River rainforest backpack

bear wires for hanging food

Hoh River rainforest backpack

crossing the side channel to reach the gravel bar

Hoh River rainforest backpack

nightly visitors

Hoh River rainforest backpack

view at night

Hoh River rainforest backpack

Cat Peak and Mount Carrie at sunset

Hoh River rainforest backpack

hiking out

Hoh River rainforest backpack

ferns were unfurling their spring growth

Hoh River rainforest backpack

Hoh River

Tags: ,