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Olympic National Park: Glacier Meadows via Hoh River Trail

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.

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SEASON: 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.

MAPS: 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 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

BEAR PROTOCOL: Food canisters are required and available (free, $3 donation suggested) from the Wilderness Information Center.

PERMITS: Required ($5, plus $2/person/night). Reserve no more than 30 days in advance.

CONTACT: Wilderness Information Center, (360) 565-3100, nps.gov/olym/wic/index.html nps.gov/olym.

-Mapped by Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan and Ted Alvarez

To Trailhead

From Forks, WA, head south on US 101 S. In 13.1 miles, turn left at Upper Hoh Rd. Go 18.1 miles to the trailhead.

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