Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Hoh/Bogachiel Area

The Bogachiel and Hoh Valleys lie on the central western boundary of Olympic National Park and provide excellent examples of rain forest communities. The Bogachiel area is undeveloped and little used. A few trails wind along the river and beside its major tributaries joining this drainage to the Sol Duc River valley to the north. Generally it is a great place to find solitude especially during non-peak use times within the park.

Attractions - In addition to rain forest the Hoh River valley also is comprised of lowland, montane, subalpine and alpine terrain. The trail system begins at the end of Hoh River Road, elevation 760 feet. From this site Hoh River Trail leads eastward climbing slowly to the northern slopes of Mt. Olympus at the head of the valley. From Glacier Meadows at the end of the maintained trail climbers can continue along Blue Glacier to the summit of Mt. Olympus.

The facilities in the Hoh River Valley lie at the end of Hoh River Road. A campground, ranger station, picnic area and nature trails can be found at the end of the road. Ranger led naturalist programs are available during the busier summer season.

Recreation - Visitors will find opportunities for camping, backpacking, fishing, viewing exhibits, picnicking, mountaineering and horseback riding during the summer months in the Hoh/Bogachiel area. Winters bring solitude and opportunities for camping, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing.

Climate - The climate in this region of the park varies with the terrain. The elevations are generally lower in the Bogachiel Valley than in the eastern Olympic Mountains. Mt. Olympus, the highest peak in the Olympic Mountains, lies in the southeastern portion of the Hoh River valley. It contributes to the significant diversity in the region.


This general forest area lies on the central western boundary of Olympic National Park. The headwaters of the Bogachiel River lie on High Divide immediately south of the Sol Duc drainage. The headwaters for the Hoh River lie on the western aspect of the Bailey Range.