Have you ever wanted to visit a rainforest but without the effort of getting there? You can in Washington! Grand old trees covered in mosses, lichens and exotic, evergreen ferns, that's what you'll get hiking this easy trail in the heart of Washington. The "Hall of Mosses" in Olympic National Park's Hoh Rainforest is a breathtaking wonder that you'll want to stroll through.\nWe say stroll because it's just that. The trail is a 0.8-mile loop located near Forks, Washington. If you're wondering where you've heard of Forks before, it's the very town that Twilight was set in.\nThe hike in this stunning rainforest has an elevation gain of 78 feet. It's easy-peasy, good for all skill levels, and is available all year-round.\nThe Hoh Rainforest is pretty special. Of the four rainforests that the Olympic Peninsula boasts of, this one sits pretty in UNESCO's books — It's a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve. A Discover Pass is required to visit and costs $10 for one day and $30 if you want to visit anytime for a whole year. You can buy it here.\nAs you hike through the forest cloaked in green, you'll come across several trees like Washington's official state(ly) tree, the Western Hemlock, and the Sitka Spruce — Both of which look like ginormous Christmas trees. Prepare to crane your necks as they can grow a whopping 300 feet in height!\nView this post on Instagram Ferngully in real life. If you know, you know. A post shared by miriamtaylor (@miriamtaylor) on Oct 25, 2018 at 1:33pm PDT\nCedars, maples, and alder trees also dot the heavily-trafficked trail.\nBecause of its rainforest reputation, it also receives some of the highest rainfall in the state — If you plan on hiking here in January, it's the wettest month in the year. But you can also walk hand-in-hand with your SO. In our opinion, it's better than holding an umbrella.\nThe moss literally absorbs all the sound around, making it a therapeutic experience. The trails can get muddy, so be sure to wear shoes you don't mind getting a little dirty.\nView this post on Instagram “She is a wild, tangled forest with temples and treasures concealed within.” ....💚 Olympic National Park, it’s way too easy to fall in love with this NP. Why? Olympic has 3 major ecosystems- high mountains with overlaid glaciers, subalpine forest, meadows, temperate rain forest & miles of sandy/rock Pacific coastline with beaches, rivers & tidepools. So much diversity that this park offers, and it’s one of the last places in the lower 48 states to remain essentially a blank spot in the map. It’s still a challenge to get to know it’s wild interior because it’s not a drive-through Park. No road crosses it’s heart, & 95% of the park is officially designated wilderness. This picture was taken along the western slopes of Olympic National Park which are among the rainiest places in North America, creating this rain forest filled with lushness ferns & mosses. The old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest produces 3x the biomass (organic material) of tropical rain forests. It was raining while hiking through here, and it was worth getting soaked over. This place was freaken amazing beyond words, and I’ve never seen so much green in my life. Don’t pay attention to tiny me, pay attention to these gigantic rainforest trees! 😍 🌧🗻🏔🌲 // #olympic #olympicnationalpark #hohrainforest #washington #forkswashington #hallofmosses #outdoors #nature #landscape #nps #goparks #nationalpark #rainforest #hoh #hike #nationalparkservice #modernhiker #findyourpark #chasingnationalparks #travel #pnw #cascades #pacificnorthwest #weekendsherpa #kayssolotrips #hiking #rei1440project #exploring #adventure #weekendsherpa #52hikechallenge A post shared by k a i l a n i ↟ k a y (@kaybythebay) on Oct 20, 2019 at 9:55pm PDT\nIf you're lucky, you'll even spot a Roosevelt Elk or two munching their way through the lush green. Because of the presence of wildlife, pets are not allowed on this trail.\nView this post on Instagram I had probably hiked this trail 20 times before but it wasn’t until a few days ago during the workshop that I finally saw an elk on it. I had often seen elk on the side of the road on the drive in and always imagined how cool it would be if I came across one right on the main trail, which is exactly what happened. As we were making our way back to our van, we found our path blocked by this massive bull elk. We kept our distance but calmly got our cameras out and started taking photos. The elk didn’t even acknowledge our presence and just kept on eating, moving slowly along the path. We couldn’t really go anywhere so we just kept on observing this beautiful creature... feeling like we were living in a wildlife documentary. It was such a special moment and something I won’t soon forget. I guess persistence does pay off, and going to places in the offseason on a rainy morning just after sunrise 😄 A post shared by Michael Matti (@michaelmatti) on Oct 23, 2019 at 8:32pm PDT\nIf you'd rather walk through the forest for a while longer, you can hop on to the Spruce Nature Trail which is a short deviation from The Hall of Mosses and is 1.2 miles long. This trail also has spots where you can access the river for pretty pictures.\nIf you want to soak in some serenity all year-round, this is the place to be.\nHall of Mosses\nDifficulty: EasyLength: 0.8 miles out-and-back\nPrice: Discover Pass is required, $10 for one day, $30 for one year\nAddress: Hoh Valley Rd, Forks, WA 98331\nWhy You Need To Go: To experience a rainforest in all its glory + the prettiest pictures \nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. 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