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Olympic National Park – Hoh River Trail

Route: Trailhead To Blue Glacier (Round Trip)
Distance: 36.2 Miles
Days: 3
Longest Day: 14.8 Miles
Campsites: Lewis Meadows, Martin Creek

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Ever since my Dad and I went up the Hoh River Trail in 2011 we have wanted to go back. My brother has spent the last four years in Japan for work and has been home visiting for the last couple of weeks, He wanted to do a backpacking trip with us.

We debated between heading into the Enchanted Valley or, if the conditions allowed, doing a trip up the Hoh River Trail to the Blue Glacier. Everything seemed to fall into place when the ladder that the park installs during the non-winter months to assist hikers down a large avalanche chute was installed for the season a few days before our trip was due to begin.  With the ladder in place and decent enough weather forecasted we decided that the Hoh River Trail trip was a go.

We piled into the car and drove the 3 hours to the Hoh Visitor Center and got our permits.

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Olympic National Park – Hoh River Trail

Route: Trailhead To Blue Glacier (Round Trip)

Distance: 36.2 Miles

Days: 3

Longest Day: 17 Miles

Campsites: Martin Creek Stock Camp, Glacier Meadows

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When I was little we used to go backpacking a lot. In fact, when I was 6 years old my family made the 26 mile round trip trek into the Enchanted Valley (Olympic National Park). For whatever, reason we stopped going. 24 years later, my dad and me got the itch to throw our packs back on and head into the wilderness once again.

Without any training and with gear from the 80’s we decided that our first backpacking trip should probably be a short overnight trip. After some discussion we went right for a 3 Day, 36 mile hike to the base of Mount Olympus and back.

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