You'll Forget You're In Washington On The Hall Of Mosses Trail, An Easy Hike That Leads Through A Temperate Rainforest
Washington is well-known for its incredibly diverse landscape. Not only are we bordered by the beautiful Pacific Ocean, but we’re home to 11 state forests, some of the country’s most famous mountains, and hundreds of golden wheat fields. It’s all beautiful, but if you’ve ever seen the Hoh Rainforest, you know it’s truly unlike any other place in the world. You can see it all on an easy loop trail called the Hall of Mosses.
The Hoh Rainforest is located on the west side of Olympic National Park, less than an hour's drive from Forks.
The Hoh is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the world, and the only one in the U.S.
The Hall of Mosses Trail is a simple 1.1-mile loop that offers the chance to explore the area.
That path is flat, very well-marked, and great for all skill levels. And if you visit at the right time, you'll spot some gorgeous wildflowers.
The rainforest gets about 140 inches of rain per year -- to put it in perspective, Seattle gets about 37 inches of rain annually.
This leads to a lush green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species.
The loop is full of educational signage, allowing you to learn more about the area.
You'll probably spot a few banana slugs on the trail, and if you're lucky, you might even get a glimpse of some other wildlife, like Roosevelt Elk.
The abundance of moss blanketing almost every surface truly adds a level of enchantment to the forest.
You might feel like you've entered a fairytale... and you definitely won't feel like you're in Washington.
In addition to being an easy hike, the trail is very easy to find.
Just look for the signs at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.
This trail is totally family-friendly, and children tend to love it.
Olympic National Park is open year-round, and luckily, so is the Hoh.
Have you ever been to Washington’s beautiful rainforest?
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Hall of Mosses Trailhead, Hoh Valley Rd, Forks, WA 98331, USA