Explore the Hoh Rainforest and Hall Of Mosses

Washington Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center

Added by Jeff Richards

  • Amazing and unique scenery
  • Easy hike (0.8 miles for the Hall of Mosses or 1.25 miles for the Spruce Trail)
  • Camping by the Hoh River
  • Opportunity to backpack to Mount Olympus (17.3 miles)

Starting at the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center, take the only trail out into the forest itself. After a few hundred yards there will be a sign pointing you in the direction of the Hall Of Mosses. Follow signs and a very well-maintained trail over crystal clear creeks and fallen trees until you reach the Hall Of Mosses trail junction. The trail itself is only a 0.8 mile loop, but is packed with what will be some of the most breathtaking and unique scenery you will ever see.

As the name suggests, everything is covered in moss, giving everything a very surreal and alien look and feel. As you walk through a section of maple trees, try to imagine that you are in a Dr. Seuss story.

After you complete the loop, you can continue on to do the 1.25 mile Spruce Trail, go set up camp in one of the tree campground loops right next to the visitor center, or, for the more ambitious, head out on the 17.3 mile Hoh River Trail to the base of Mount Olympus.

Pack List

  • Camping gear
  • Backpacking gear (should you choose to do that)
  • Camera equipment
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Rain jacket
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
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4 months ago

Cool, But Not A Must See

If you have limited time in Olympic National Park, I would recommend doing something else. The forest is cool, but it's just like a bigger version of the surrounding forest. The trees are huge, but other than that, nothing too exciting.

4 months ago

11 months ago

Great easy hike!

This forest was something I wasn't expecting to see in the states. It was absolutely incredible. We also got to see moose on feeding right near the trail!

11 months ago

11 months ago

The forest is out of this world, I could spend days just sitting in it. If you're going to photography it I recommend waiting for some good fog or overcast skies.

11 months ago

over 1 year ago

Such a beautiful and serene place. Feels like you're in a fairytale!

over 1 year ago

Added by Jeff Richards

Addicted to the mountains and in love with all they offer.

 Boulder, CO

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