8 miles, day 2- Lunch Lake to Glacier Meadows- approx. From 375 Glacier Meadows attractions, Yelp helps you discover popular restaurants, hotels, tours, shopping, and nightlife for your vacation. Otherwise, the trail is fairly straightforward to follow, albeit long. Mount Olympus, at 7,980 feet, is the tallest and most prominent mountain in the Olympic Mountains of western Washington state. Sample Itenerary. Start from the Hoh Ranger Station (north of the Hoh Rain Forest Campground). River valleys are usually snow-free even in winter, though fall, winter, and spring bring the rain. From here chose your route up to the top of the snow dome, the easiest option changes over the course of the season. Follow in the footsteps of one of the region's earliest explorers. Be the first to leave a review! Driving from Seattle, we found the one in Quinault to be slightly more convenient. Join Joey Coconato and I on a 3 day backpacking trip in Washington States Olympic National Park. CONTACT: Wilderness Information Center, (360) 565-3100, nps.gov/olym/wic/index.html nps.gov/olym. Register here for the climb. There are some AWESOME bivy spots on top of the Snow Dome near Panic Peak. Wilderness Camping Permits (Olympic National Park) Contributors . On day 1, hike into Glacier Meadows. Its easier going up than down. Bear left at Y-junction, and continue hiking northeast toward the Hoh River. Olympus, and all its glaciers. 45 miles Wake up at a leisurely hour alongside the rushing Hoh River  for your 10 or so mile hike back to the car. The Olympic National Park website said there was 3 to 4 feet so we expected a lot, but when we got there it was mostly melted out. Cross footbridge over the Hoh River and enter the Glacier Creek drainage. Pass a trail on the right that leads to Five Mile Island. We’ll hike the final distance along the river and through the old growth forest, aiming to reach the trail head in the early afternoon. The Hoh River Trail is well-maintained and flat for a good majority of the hike but ascends quickly from the Hoh River up to Glacier Meadow. At the head of the valley, the trail curves to the right. Pack up camp and deposit extra items along the route to the summit. This section is very loose and some describe it as the 'crux' of the climb. Enchanted Valley. From here, the route continues climbing south. You can find more details about this section of the trip here: Backpack the Hoh River Trail. Follow the route description above all the way to the snow dome and instead of heading south towards Olympus, head north towards Panic Peak - it's only a 15 minutes walk out of the way. 15 miles. Hike past Happy Four Shelter. Once past the pitch there is a slung boulder that can be used to bring the remaining party members up. On Wednesday, I began my next backcountry adventure as I wandered up the Hoh Rain Forest. This area does not have a limit for the number of permits issued (although it still requires permits). If you’ve ever wanted to climb a glacier, Olympic National Park might not be the place to start. The bio-diversity on this hike is seldom seen on such an accessible backpacking trip. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more! Lush wildflower meadows are ablaze with color in the summer. Total- approx. On this climb from the Hoh River's silty riffles to high-country glacier views, you'll pass through a moss-hung rainforest that might be the lushest place in America. There is a rope ladder over loose scree that you have to down-climb located a few miles from Glacier Meadows. Olympic National Park is, in my opinion, one of the most underhyped parks in the United States. This is the first trip here for both of us. Climb the tallest mountain on the Olympic Peninsula. The approach is long, you must cross a glacier, and once you are to the summit block the easiest way up is on loose 4th class rock, however a short pitch of 5.4 rock is recommended instead. 40 miles. Neither of us wanted to roll an ankle (which I had already done twice on the trip). The Hoh's major hiking trail is the Hoh River trail, which leads 17.3 miles to Glacier Meadows and Blue Glacier, on the shoulder of Mount Olympus. Follow the Hoh River Trail for 17 glorious miles through one of Olympic National Park’s famous rainforests all the way to the glaciers of 7,969-foot Mount Olympus, highest mountain within the range. If you want to climb Olympus in 3 days it's best to get a permit to camp at either Elk Lake or Glacier meadows. The Olympic Peninsula is the wettest region in the lower 48 states and the area is known for its spectacular temperate rainforest, subalpine meadows and montane forest. Hike to top of the lateral moraine east of the Blue Glacier. The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. Follow the ... Olympic National Park was established to preserve “the finest example of primeval forest” and so the Hoh Valley remains much like it has for thousands of years. Day 1. Arrange Permits at the WIC in Quinault; Drive to and park at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor center. Glacier Meadows. Unique features: Temperate rain forest, opportunites to view wildlife, views of Mount Olympus and Blue Glacier from the end of the trail Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate Distance: 17.4 miles to Glacier Meadows Elevation change: 600 feet to 4,300 feet Best Season… Olympus towering above the ice. Ahead, the trail continues southeast, then rounds to the northeast. After a few hundred yards there will be a sign pointing you in the direction of the Hall Of Mosses. Surrounded by majestic pine trees and sprinkled with wildflowers it’s hard to not feel like you … 8000 ft gain Once you can finally pull yourself away from the spectacular views, head back down to Glacier Meadows camp for the night. All other sites are first-come, first-served. You'll head southwest across the glacier to the slopes beneath the snow dome. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your After you have all of that sorted you'll drive the rest of the way to the trail-head at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. We’ll rest our tired legs in the van on the drive back to Seattle, stopping for a celebratory meal en route. It’s a 4-6 mile trek from Glacier Meadows to the summit, with an elevation change of almost 3,600 feet. Rate this Adventure More Links . Blue Glacier on Muont Olympus. Your journey begins in the Hoh Rain Forest on one of the most impressive lowland backpacking trails in Washington. If you are going on a popular weekend (4th of July) it might pay to try and get your permit the day before your trip begins. Day 3- Glacier Meadows to Olympus Ranger Station- approx. If you plan to camp at either Elk Lake or Glacier Meadows be warned the permits are first come first serve and they do run out. Once there, we had warmed up significantly and we shed some layers. You can also rent a bear canister from the rangers at the WIC, you need to be able to store your food properly as there are many bears in Olympic National Park. Huge, moss-covered Sitka spruce form a dense canopy. Nice meadow where I saw what I … We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. I was shocked with how little snow was still in Glacier Meadows. Pass a trail on the right that leads 0.9 mile to a campsite. Mount Olympus is situated 2½ miles south of Glacier Meadows. I highly recommend it! The route ends in Glacier Meadows. The largest of these glaciers are the White, the Blue, and the Hoh. Snow Dome is easily seen in this photo. Have you done this adventure? This easy waterfall crossing over a bridge is a great photo spot. © 2020 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. After 12 miles along the river you will begin to climb. Here are a few one-of-a-kind destinations that are all about nature. © 2020 Pocket Outdoor Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. You can spend 2 nights camped along the river if you attack it this way. You'll be rewarded with unparalleled views of the Olympics, the Cascades and the Ocean to the west. This Olympic National Park trip certainly lives up to its name and is nothing less … There's even a research station with a spectacular alpine toilet up there. Most people hike the initial parts of this trail and turn around to retrace their steps once they have been overwhelmed with enough beauty.  - Out-and-Back Trail. Follow signs and a very well-maintained trail over... Backpack the Hoh River Trail to Blue Glacier, Hike the Hoh River Trail to Five Mile Island, Explore the Hoh Rainforest and Hall Of Mosses. The well trodden and well marked trail begins in the rainforest, and is flat and follows the river for the first few miles. Please explore responsibly! Getting to the summit is no easy task. Once you've crested the snow dome head south and if you are like most parties you'll take the crystal pass route to the summit. Cross a rugged coastline on the edge of Washington's Hoh Rainforest. From Glacier meadows you'll follow the trail even higher until you eventually top out on a glacial moraine. Once you descend to snow it's time to rope up! MAPS: Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mount Olympus Climbing (Hoh River Trail); Tyler Peak (Royal Basin); Mt. Reserve no more than 30 days in advance. There are two shelters here as well as an outhouse. Elk Lake: Skirt the eastern edge of this small backcountry lake. Much of your third day will be spent backtracking to the Hoh Lake Trail junction, about 1.8 miles back up the trail from Lewis Meadow camp. Wake up with the sunrise and laugh at the people who had to wake up 3 am to cross the glacier down below. Ascend the steep snow to the summit block. Pass a trail on the right that leads 1.4 miles to a campsite. End your day with a splash on the Olympic Peninsula. Angeles and Tyler Peak (Four Passes Loop); Mt. First night- Start at Sol Duc trailhead, camp at Lunch Lake, approx. If you want to climb Olympus in 3 days it's best to get a permit to camp at either Elk Lake or Glacier meadows. adventures and follow local regulations. The Hoh River Trail follows the river and its primary tributaries to Elk Lake, and continues on to Glacier Meadows and Blue Glacier at the base of Mount Olympus.. Again be careful not to knock rocks down on others. Ellinor); $6 each, greentrails.com Guidebooks Olympic Mountains Trail Guide, by Robert Wood ($19); Climber’s Guide to the Olympic Mountains, by Olympic Mountain Rescue ($17); both from mountaineersbooks.org. This route traverses to the left over a pass and onto another glacier on the backside of the ridge in front of you. This hike has it all, from rainforests to high aline lakes, glaciers and the peak of the tallest mountain in the Olympic Range, all along one incredibly beautiful and popular trail. Reservations can also be made for Elk Lake, Glacier Meadows, Hoh Lake and the Seven Lakes Basin Area. Turn east onto the Hoh River Road and drive 19 miles to the end of the road at the Hoh Ranger Station and Campground in Olympic National Park (578 ft). Day 2 is summit day. Pass spectacular old-growth dripping with moss, nurse logs providing nourishment to full grown trees and end with a panorama including the the aptly named Blue Glacier and Mount Olympus. Alternate: There is a 4th class scramble route up the east face of Olympus but it is reported to be very loose and unpleasant so it's not recommended. On this climb from the Hoh River's silty riffles to high-country glacier views, you'll pass through a moss-hung rainforest that might be the lushest place in America. For the first 12 miles you'll be hiking through towering old  growth spruce trees alongside the Hoh River and there are ample campgrounds and dispersed campsites off the trail. Link lush, mossy forests with alpine lakes and meadows on this 35.2-mile backpacking trip in Olympic National Park. SEASON: Higher up, prime hiking starts in July and extends into October. S a 4-6 mile trek from Glacier Meadows on Mount Olympus was still in Glacier Meadows for. 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