Rainforests and Alpine Lakes Backpacking Trip
This is a SAMPLE Itinerary only. This itinerary can also be done in reverse. For a detailed map with an elevation profile of the tentative itinerary, click here: Map.
Day 1: Meet at Hoh Rainforest Visitors Center and gather your gear as you get ready to embark on a challenging and rewarding trek through the rainforest and up to the alpine. Hike an easygoing, flat five miles into the depths of the lush Hoh rainforest and spend the evening relaxing by the fire next to the great Hoh River.
Day 2: Day two will consist of another leisurely stroll through the rainforest, as we hike another five miles deeper into the valley. Spend time admiring the lush mosses and taking in the quiet of the forest. Arrive at Olympus Guard Station, a historic ranger site, and explore the expanding valley around you before settling in for another hearty dinner and a relaxing night.
Day 3: This day will be our most challenging day, as we hike the 6 miles up to Hoh Lake. The trail is difficult, switching back and forth as you approach the alpine, gaining ~3,000 feet of elevation! But take solace in the amazing reward that awaits you: the solitude and beauty of Hoh Lake, where you will find wildflowers, swimming bears, and steep rocky slopes surrounding the lake. Take a load off, take a dip, and relish in your accomplishment!
Day 4: Another strenuous yet rewarding day is ahead of us; we will ascend out of the Hoh Lake basin up to the High Divide, where you will meet sweeping, breathtaking views of the Hoh River Valley, Mount Olympus and beyond! Enjoy diverse fields of wildflowers and alpine lakes in all directions as we trek east across the divide. The last couple of miles of the hike will take us back below tree line to a relaxing riverside camp in the Sol Duc River Valley.
Day 5: A flat five miles out of the valley and we’ve arrived at Sol Duc Falls! Put your feet up, enjoy the waterfall and a snack, and pat yourself on the back!
We include backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, trekking poles, and eating utensils at NO EXTRA COST as needed. Lastly, all profits from our guided trips go towards our non-profit youth summer camp program.
Late Season (September): For any Hoh, Sol Duc/Seven Lakes Basin or Grand Valley backpacking trips in September, especially the second half of the month, please be aware that weather conditions can vary more widely. Sometimes we get a warm/dry September, sometimes the rain starts in September, and conditions are always exaggerated in the alpine; that’s the beauty of the Olympics! Be prepared for possible rain and cooler temperatures. If dangerous storms are in the forecast, we may have to alter the itinerary to avoid traveling in exposed terrain during storms.
Note: All trips are pending permit availability which we gain in mid-April. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates. Should we not obtain the exact trailhead, we will make an effort to offer a trip of equal quality or provide other options. Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. Lasting Adventures is recognized for its commitment to risk management. In this regard, itineraries may be changed to mitigate risks.