I'm starting to brainstorm about a possible solo 2-4 night trip in Olympic NP this June-August, although the date is open. I want this to include 1-2 nights in the rainforest, but would like to see some higher altitude scenery too. I could do up to 20 miles per day. I'm just glancing at the NPS shaded relief map right now.
Is the Hoh River the only rainforest area, or are there others? I'll probably walk the Hoh River up to Blue Glacier, and then back down some, and on to another area.
One option I'm evaluating the feasibility of is bushwhacking over to the Elwha River trail from the Hoh, but that appears to be quite a terrain and time challenge. Maybe there's a passable route from the Glacier Creek/Hoh River confluence towards Dodger Point, north of Stephen Peak?
Is overnight camping outside of designated sites allowed if I'm travelling off-trail like this?
Or, I might head over to the Seven Lakes/Sol Duc area via Hoh Lake and do that loop instead.
When would be the best time of year for this trip. I don't mind wet, muddy trails if it means more scenic, flowing water.
What are the shuttle transportation options in the park?