• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    4 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildlife

Distance: 4 mile round trip. Walk through a rain forest-like wonderland of green. Have a taste of Olympic National Park. Still accessible during the off-season. Feet from Heart O' The Hills Campground.

This hike is a short, 4.0 mile round trip, half-day or less hike, located just past the Hurricane Ridge entrance into Olympic National Park. Being relatively level and the trail head just off loop E of the Heart O' the Hills Campground, the Heart O' the Forest hike offers those looking for a taste of the rain forest ecosystem on the Olympic Peninsula a chance to explore without committing multiple days to their adventure.

Just past the trail head you're immediately immersed into the massive forest filled with old-growth redwoods. Discover rolling streams and moss covered rocks throughout the hike. Large mushrooms spot fallen trees while new life springs from logs and downed branches. The trail leads away from the main road and campsites creating a quiet and serine adventure especially for those with children or who cannot make it up to Hurricane Ridge.

After your hike, return to your campsite or make your way into Port Angeles just 5 miles from the park entrance for some small town charm and a pretty decent beer at Next Door Gastropub and don't forget an order of garlic fries.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Light Jacket
  • Hiking shoes
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I hiked this late one afternoon. I didn't see anyone the entire way. Great time

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Been on this lil hike, it's beautiful

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

Casey Berner

A mountain man raised in the flat of the midwest who escaped to Washington when he was 23 and never looked back. Photographer/Videographer/Adventurer

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