Explore the Hoh Rainforest and Hall Of Mosses

Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center

Explore amazing and unique scenery on the western side of Olympic National Park. This is an easy hike (0.8 miles for the Hall of Mosses or 1.25 miles for the Spruce Trail) with the option to camp by the Hoh River.

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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RT Distance 1.25 Miles
Activities Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildlife

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Scenic but short loop trail

Hoh rainforest is beautiful and this looptrail really showcases it. It was a bit short for my liking, but there are longer trails nearby so you’re able to pack multiple hikes into the day or half day. Nice trail for a quick run.

Prime Photo Ops

Take your time here - so much to see. I got some amazing photos here. Easy hike - went later in the day (after 5) and had the trail all to ourselves - plus, the light was great for photos. I’ve uploaded an iPhone shot here for now. Later (when I get home) I will upload some camera shots.

Beautiful

This forest is breath taking. I definitely recommend going early as it gets really busy and makes it less enjoyable. I went on a really foggy rainy day and it was so beautiful. I would do it again in a heart beat.


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