Backpacker Magazine –
National Parks: Olympic
Royal Creek In Upper Royal Basin (Kirkendall-Spring Photographers)
Mineral Creek Falls (Kirkendall-Spring Photographers)
From US 101 south of Forks, turn east on Hoh River Rd. and go 18 miles to the Hoh River trailhead.
Higher up, prime hiking starts in July and extends into October. River valleys are usually snow-free even in winter, though fall, winter, and spring bring the rain.
Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mount Olympus Climbing (Hoh River Trail); Tyler Peak (Royal Basin); Mt. Angeles and Tyler Peak (Four Passes Loop); Mt. Steel and The Brothers (Mt. Ellinor); $6 each, greentrails.com
Olympic Mountains Trail Guide, by Robert Wood ($19); Climber’s Guide to the Olympic Mountains, by Olympic Mountain Rescue ($17); both from mountaineersbooks.org
Food canisters are required and available (free, $3 donation suggested) from the Wilderness Information Center.
Required ($5, plus $2/person/night). Reserve no more than 30 days in advance.
Wilderness Information Center, (360) 565-3100, nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/wic.htm
Download GPS tracks and key waypoints—plus view and print custom maps—at backpacker.com/hikes/hohriver
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