Urns Through Time


Hoh Campground

From Aberdeen , drive north on U.S. 101 for about 90 miles to Milepost 176. Turn east on the Hoh River Road and drive 19 miles to the campground on the right. The campground is operated by the Hoh Ranger Stations, Olympic National Park , U.S. Department of the Interior.

What to say about the Hoh Campground . . . how could enough be said in a mere paragraph? It is gorgeous and out of this world. It is in one of only three temperate rain forests in the entire world. Every hue and shade of green imaginable is to be seen here. The trees in this ancient old growth forest are draped with a rich variety of mosses, the forest floor is deep and soft with the build up of fir needles and lush with different varieties of ferns, mosses and fungi. Huge nursery logs grow the forests of the future. When we were there in September there were elk and deer roaming the campground. The rain forest lives up to it’s name and even when is is not raining you can hear a steady plink plink on the tent roof throughout the night. The three loops of the campground are set between two bends in the river giving many of the sites beautiful river frontage. The 88 sites have restrooms with flush toilets and piped drinking water. Special need sites are available and all sites are first come first serve.

The Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, staffed by knowledgeable Park Rangers, is just past the campground. From here there are three short nature trails of varying lengths that feature fine examples of rain forest habitat. The Hoh River Valley itself is a splendid off season walks for up to 18 miles roundtrip without much gain in altitude. For a serious hike the 18.5 mile Hoh River Trail to Blue Glacier is the most popular access to Mount Olympus and connects with other trails in the park.