Hoh Rain Forest Facts

~Hoh Rain Forest Article

Here’s How You Do It:

First check the seasonal rainfall and plan your trip accordingly. It rains 142 inches a year and we’re happy to report that it did not rain on our backpacking trip but we enjoyed all the bounty of the moisture as seen in our article photos.

If you are flying in, rent a car after landing and drive from Seattle to the rain forest, approximately 4-4 1/2 hours.

~Location –  As Wiki states, it is located on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington. It is about 1/2 hour from the town of Forks.

~Ranger Station – Within the park, you will find a lovely visitors center where permits are issued and information given on trails and restrictions. We were allowed to wood gather and build a fire.

~Nearest Town And Amenities – Forks is the closest town and about 1/2 – 45 min away. There is a good-sized grocery store as well as a number of eating establishments.  

~Campground/s – In the park and right near the trailhead are 88 campsites (first come/first serve) at $12 per night. There is running  water and flush toilets. Backcountry camping is allowed with a permit. Permit is $5 and it is $2 per night, per camper and can be obtained at the Visitors Center. First campsites in the backcountry are a little over a  mile from the trailhead. Water from the river should be filtered.  There is a $15 park entry fee that covers 7 days.

~Warnings – Please be very careful around the river. The current can be deceptive and all too often campers get into trouble or are killed in bodies of water with strong current.

~Suggestions –  An idea for those who want a backcountry experience without the sore muscles, is to camp in the first campsite (a short distance in) and then day hike farther in to the forest.

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