Hiking The South Fork Hoh Trail

The 9th most popular hiking trail in Washington.

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Southeast of Forks, the South Fork Hoh Trail is a remote, off-the-beaten-path rain forest trek. Just as beautiful as the much more popular Hoh Trail, this shorter jaunt is a quieter paradise that leads through virgin Sitka Spuce and western hemlock in a jungle-like rain forest setting. From the trailhead, the trail runs about 3 miles to Camp Stick-In-Eye. Beyond camp, an unmaintained trail runs another 5 miles to the base of Hoh Peak through an elk foraging area.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Forks, head south on US101 for about 16 miles past Upper Hoh Valley Road. Turn east on Lower Hoh Road for 13 miles and park near NFS South Fork CG.

Overall, South Fork Hoh Trail is the 9th most popular hiking trail of all 56 hikes in Washington. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby South Fork Hoh Trail including Hoh River Trail, South Coast Trail, North Wilderness Beach, North Fork Skokomish Trail, Elwha Trail and East Fork Quinault River Trail (Enchanted Valley)Queets River Trail.

South Fork Hoh Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  ONP (360) 452-0330; Forks Chamber Of Commerce (360) 374-2531; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800; Olympic Mountaineers (360) 452-0240; Peak 6 Outfitters (360) 374-5254.

Recommended Book:  "Backpacking Washington" from Craig Romano

Recommended Map:  "Olympic National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS South Fork CG

Luxury Loding:  Kalaloch Lodge (360) 962-2271; Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort (360) 327-3583

Breakfast Restaurant:  Rain Drop Cafe, Forks

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/olym/

GPS:  48, -124.55

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  7/17/2016

ID:  11219

South Fork Hoh Trail Hiking Map


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