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Oil City Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a short and easy hike to the outlet of Hoh River at the magestic Pacific Coast.


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Out and Back

121' 37 m

High

8' 2 m

Low

115' 35 m

Up

112' 34 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will enjoy poking around on the beach and the short approach makes this trail a favorite. Looking for seals and eagles will also keep the whole family engaged.

Overview

This is a family-friendly excursion to a beautifully scenic pebble beach. Check the tides before setting out to time your trip for when there is shoreline to explore.

Description

From the end of the Oil City Road and parking area, find the trail heading west along the north bank of the Hoh River. Close to the beginning of the trail, cross a stream and surmount a small, muddy cliff area. This is the main obstacle along this trail, expect easier going afterwards.

Cover mostly level ground through coastal wetlands. Arrive at the beach and clamber around logs and driftwood to the shore. Views are great up and down the coast with Destruction Island prominent to the south. A trail continues north up the coastline but the Oil City Trail as described here is an out-and-back from the parking lot to the beach.

Flora & Fauna

Bald eagles, seals, pelicans, sea birds. Salmon berries, ferns, mushrooms.

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Megan W

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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Photos

Hoh River mosses and ferns (photo by Reba Bear)
Jun 5, 2015 near Forks, WA

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Aug 17, 2021
Kristy Van
cool. Hoh river flowing west. Pacific ocean waves flowing east. so many pelicans, gulls, 2 eagles
Oct 3, 2020
Jeroen Hauwelaert
12h 54m
Feb 6, 2016
Susannah Major
With Gina, Laura, Hannah, and Grace