Hoh Rainforest & Blue Glacier

Hoh Rainforest & Blue Glacier

The Hoh Rainforest is the most visited location of the Olympic National Park. On this 5 day, 4 night challenging backpacking trip we find out why as we hike our way past the crowds at the visitor center and deep into the largest and wettest temperate rainforest Washington. Receiving over 10 feet of rain annually, the Hoh Rainforest is a forest from a fairytale. Big Maples covered in thick moss tower above the forest floor thick with ferns and downed trees which have fallen to become “nurse logs,” and are now rich ecosystems of their own. After … miles of vibrant green, we climb high above the tree line to a lookout point which actually towers above the largest of the … remaining glaciers on Mt. Olympus, the “Blue Glacier.” Our hard work is rewarded with epic views of this glacier and the peaks of Mt. Olympus which at 8000 ft above sea level is the tallest point in the Olympic Mountains.

From Union we drive 3.5 hours to the Olympic National Park Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center. From here we set out on the Hoh River Trail which, like its name suggests, takes us strolling along the Hoh River. An important waterway for fish like the migrating King Salmon, the river is given its impressive blue color from glacial silt. Our first camp will be near the river after 9 gentle and mostly flat miles from our trailhead. On day two we continue further on the same trail for 6 miles, the last 2 of which are up, up, up! Our second camp is often busy with mountaineers either preparing for or returning from the technical summit of Mt. Olympus. On our third day, we will pack our daypacks with snacks and water and head up to view the Glacier for ourselves, we may even spot a few of our campmates on their way up the mountain! On our fourth day we will begin our return descent down the trail that we hiked on days before returning to the dense old growth forest until we reach our 4th camp, where we enjoy one last special evening on the Hoh River. Our final day will feel like a breeze as we make our way the 5 miles back to the Hoh visitor center where we will enjoy a final lunch before heading back to Union (or your other drop off location).

The length of this trip combined with some serious elevation gain and long mileage days make this trip a challenging one. This is a great trip for people who have excellent physical health, and are very physically active – or able to dedicate a few hours a week to training months in advance. We do not recommend this as a hike for people who have a fear of heights as on one of our days we will be using a hand line to climb up and down a fixed rope ladder about 100 feet.


  • 1 Person $1,800
  • 2 people $1,050/ person
  • 3 people $800/ person
  • 4 people $700/ person

*For groups larger than 4 please fill out a Custom Trip Request


Daily Mileage:

Day 1: 9 miles

Day 2: 6 miles

Day 3: 6 miles

Day 4: 10 miles

Day 5: 5 miles