Trip report by: Brett Bluhm
"I would definitely recommend this trip to a friend."
Our annual winter hike on the olympic coast started at Oil City, which is about 25 miles south of Forks, Wa. It was the middle of January and it was cold and raining. This is probably one of the most challenging hikes that I have done.
The hike starts out at the mouth of the Hoh River on a 0.7 mile hike to the beach, then you walk about a mile and a half of sandy beach until you come to 2 sections of rocks, actually huge boulders that you have to crawl over and under, it seems like they never end. You really have to be careful of the tide here. Always round at a low tide, it could be very dangerous.
After the rocks you come to three sections of sand ladders that bring you to the top of Hoh head. The trail is about 3 miles long of an awesome rain forest. The trail has a lot of ups and downs and is pretty muddy, make sure you bring your gaters. When you finally get to Mosquito creek, there is one really good campsite with a great view of the ocean and Alexander island, which is about a half mile out in front of you. There is another camp site about 100 yards farther down that is kind of small without a very good view.
There is very good steelhead fishing on Mosquito creek. One of the guys that came with us caught about 7 that he released. We cooked one of them on a a woven cedar grill that we made.
Dont let the name Mosquito Creek scare you, there aren't many mosquitos here. The views of the ocean here are incredible. It is a very good place to get away from everything. I would definately recommend this hike to anyone who likes the ocean and an awesome secluded beach. It is definately a challenging hike that will reward you for a lifetime.
Note : This is backcountry wilderness travel. Any trail can become very dangerous in winter conditions. You are responsible for informing yourself of the hazards and taking the necessary precautions.