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Hoh River Trail: Five Mile Island

One of the most beautiful hikes in the nation!

Hiking Moderate

16 km
181 m
181 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
178 m
High Point
243 m
Hoh River Trail: Five Mile Island Map

The Hoh River Trail begins in the heart of the Hoh Rainforest—one of the most incredible rainforests in the world! "You can’t escape a sense of magic at the Hoh,” writes Susan Elderkin on WTA.org. "The huge trees, the cascading moss, the birds and Roosevelt elk, the Olympic Mountains rising above and the broad river valley extending up and downstream all add up to make this a hike that must be done at least once in a lifetime.”


The Hoh River Trail is actually quite an easy hike, with a low grade and well-maintained trail tread. This mellow hiking trail runs through the rainforest and along the banks of the Hoh River. This otherworldly landscape makes the Hoh River Trail one of the most renowned hikes in Washington State.

While the entire trail runs 17.4 miles one-way, you can hike as far as you want, and then turn around and return the way you came. A popular turn around point for day hikers is Five Mile Island, which "offers a sunny lunch spot with views of Bogachiel Peak,” according to Elderkin.

Sources: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hoh-river-trail-to-five-mile-island https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/hoh-river-trail.htm



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between April and November


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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