Explore the Hoh Rainforest and Hall Of Mosses

Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center, Forks, Washington, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.25 Miles

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildlife

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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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.

12 months ago
12 months ago

Though the park was great the hall of mosses seemed a little less amazing with everyone walking through, also the day we went on was sunny took away from the atmosphere. i would of loved to visit on a cloudy or foggy day.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Go early in the morning, around 7am. The area could get crowded afterward and its harder to get photos without someone standing in the way. I hiked all the trail here starting out at 7am and didn't see anyone until I was hiking out at the end.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years 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.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

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

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

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