South Fork Hoh River Trail

Hoh Rainforest and River
Hoh River


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  • A Discover Pass is required to park at the South Fork Hoh River Trailhead.


Ecosystem type: Temperate rainforest
Trail tread types: Maintained
General elevation trend: Flat
Unique features: River, ancient forest
Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance: 4.2 miles
Elevation change: 750 feet to 800 feet
Best Season: All seasons. Check with DNR for road conditions. (360)-374-2800



Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are required where food cannot be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 feet out from the nearest tree trunk.
Campsites: Anywhere off of vegetation and 200 feet from water sources.
Toilet Facilities: None. Bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: South Fork of the Hoh River and nearby streams. Always boil, filter, or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia.
Stock: Allowed. See Stock Use.


Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace during your stay to protect vegetation and other park resources. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are prohibited above 3,500 feet. Where fires are allowed, leave no trace of your fire ring. Burn dead and down wood only.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage, and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are recommended in this area.



  • Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and rain gear with warm clothes.
  • Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
  • Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
  • Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Whiteouts are sudden. Read the weather forecasts, but remember to read the weather in front of your eyes.
South Fork Hoh River Valley
Hoh Peak from South Fork Hoh River Valley

NPS Bryan Bell

South Fork Hoh River
South Fork Hoh River Trail

NPS Bryan Bell

Last updated: September 8, 2021

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