Nearest City: Forks
Best Season: Year round
How Far: 5.5 Miles
Elevation Gain: 100ft
The Hoh Rainforest, the most famous temperate rainforest in the United States is so gorgeous it is hard to recommend just one trail. However, for the best experience to experience the silence and scale of the Hoh, skip the Hall of Mosses trail and head down the Hoh River Trail to 5 Mile Island. Home to the quietest square inch in America, as well as the location of 14 feet of rainfall annually, the Hoh Rainforest is incredible and needs to be experienced by every visitor to Olympic National Park. Millions visit the Hoh Rainforest from round the world, but few venture down the river along this trail, as the majority stay at the Hall of Mosses area hikes. If you want a true Hoh experience, this trail is for you.
Located a flat 2.5 miles from the Hoh Visitor Center in Olympic National Park, Mineral Creek Falls is one of the lesser seen features for those explore the Hoh Region. Those visitors who decide to hike a few miles up the Hoh River Trail are rewarded with a perfectly pacific northwest waterfall. Mineral Creek Falls falls down a fern-ladder gully, the whites of the frothy water becoming illuminated against the dark greens of the saturated rainforest. In a region known for rain, Mineral Creek Falls is a perfect example of the beauty of living in a rain drenched region.
From Forks travel south on US 101 for 12 miles to the Upper Hoh Road. (From Kalaloch head north on US 101 for 20 miles.) Head left (east) on the Upper Hoh Road for 18 miles to its end at a large parking lot, visitors center, and trailhead.
The trail to Mineral Creek Falls is amazing year round. With moss-covered maples flanking the trail, as well as endless ferns next to the milky blue waters of the Hoh River, this hike is gorgeous year round. Wooden bridges span small streams and the occasional view of the mountains leading to Mount Olympus peak through the rainforest canopy. This walk becomes a step back in time with every passing mile. The deeper and deeper into the wilderness you get, the more wild it becomes. Once you cross the wooden bridge, look left and see the falls plunging through the ferns and tall trees.