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Olympic National Park: Hoh Lake and Heart Lake via Hoh River Trail

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Distance: 35.2 miles


Link lush, mossy forests with alpine lakes and meadows on this 35.2-mile backpacking trip in Olympic National Park.
  • Heart Lake
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Tributary of the Hoh
  • Trail Views
  • Hoh River
  • Gigantic Trees
  • Forest
  • Flowers
  • Snake Ridge
  • Good spot to filter water
  • Hoh Lake
  • Mount Olympus
  • Mount Olympus.
  • Views near the High Divide
  • Panorama
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Distant views of a bear
  • Mountain Goat Kid
  • Climbing...
  • Hoh River from the High Divide
  • Seven Lakes Basin
  • Views above Seven Lakes Basin
  • Snowfield
  • High Divide
  • Camp at Heart Lake

Hike into the wild green heart of the Northwest on this 17.6-mile (one-way) tour-de-ecosystems in Olympic National Park. Sunlight stabs through dripping, moss-hung rainforests as the trail climbs 4,000 feet on 22 switchbacks from riverside through Sitka spruce to wildflower-filled alpine meadows (season's first: avalanche lilies in May).

Find a string of aquamarine ponds shimmering below the High Divide's glaciated peaks at CB Flats, forage for huckleberries (starting to ripen in mid-July) in sprawling patches (watch out for black bear)—and ogle hulking Mt. Olympus. Then cruise 4.3 miles to heath-lined Heart Lake. The next day, retrace your route back to the trailhead.

INFO: Wilderness permits ($7). Reserve campsites a month in advance (May to September); half are held for walk-ins. (305) 565-3100; nps.gov/olym.

-Mapped by Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan and Ted Alvarez

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