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Hoh River Trail, Olympic National Park

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The Hoh River is a river in the U.S. state of Washington, located on the Olympic Peninsula. About 56mi long, the Hoh River originates at the Hoh Glacier on Mount Olympus and flows west through the Olympic Mountains of Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest, then through the foothills in a broad valley, emptying into the Pacific Ocean at the Hoh Indian Reservation. The final portion of the Hoh River's course marks the boundary between the coastal segment of Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest, the Hoh Indian Reservation.
The Hoh's drainage basin is 299sqmi. Its discharge, or streamflow, has considerable seasonal variation, with summer streamflow averaging about one-third that of winter flows.
The Hoh is a glacial river fed by glaciers on Mount Olympus, such as the Blue Glacier. The glaciers grind rock into a fine glacial flour which turns the Hoh River a milky slate blue color. The river valley is generally broad and relatively flat, causing the glacial sediments to settle out, creating extensive gravel bars, river meanders, and the many side channels characteristic of a braided river.
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  • Getting into hog rainforest is crazy . Long wait times . Once u get in, it’s an amazing place . We walked through him river trail . Very peaceful and nice roads . Not sure if smaller kids with... 
    Getting into hog rainforest is crazy . Long wait times . Once u get in, it’s an amazing place . We walked through him river trail . Very peaceful and nice roads . Not sure if smaller kids with...  more »
  • The winding Hoh River is fantastic, whether driving or hiking, you see the most beautiful vistas. The trail was not too challenging with great spots to rest along the river. We saw elk along the way.....  more
    The winding Hoh River is fantastic, whether driving or hiking, you see the most beautiful vistas. The trail was not too challenging with great spots to rest along the river. We saw elk along the way.....  more »
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  • Breathtakingly beautiful place to hike! I saw lots of wildlife and enjoyed the scenery. My only complaint is that the trail sometimes had fallen trees in the way or collapsed foot bridges. Nothing too major but enough to be an obstacle. I'm sure they'll fix it in the coming months, though. Some water crossings were a bit challenging.
  • Went on a nice weather Saturday in August. They meter incoming traffic so if you don’t get in early enough you could be waiting in traffic for hour or more. I got in before 9 am and avoided the crowds for the most part. I recommend what I did which is to get early and go directly for Hoh river trail. Trail is mostly flat but has some scrambling over log.

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