backpack: Hoh River Rainforest
From Portland, we drove five hours to the Hoh River rainforest in the Olympic National Park. We hiked in 5.1 miles to the Five Mile Island camp and day hiked the next day towards the Olympus Guard Station. The trail is relatively flat, with only about 400 feet of elevation gain.
The camp area was quiet the first night, but on Saturday, it was an endless stream of people coming through. Just past the turn off for the camp area, there were a lot of downed trees blocking the trail, so hikers were confused about where the main trail was and came through our camp instead. Once the main campsites were full, people crossed a ribbon of the river to reach the large gravel bars that make up Five Mile Island to set up camp there. From our campsite, we had great views of the river and the high ridges surrounding us, as well as two snow-capped peaks: Cat Peak and Mount Carrie.
On the second day, we did a day hike and trail runners that passed us said they had seen a bear on the trail near the Olympus Guard Station. While Roosevelt elk and black bears are common here, all we saw were deer that visited our campsite in the evenings.