Are you looking for a stretch of Pacific Northwest paradise? It's time to get away. This enchanting rain forest hike in Washington will make you feel like you've stepped inside a Grimm's fairy tale story.

Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park is arguably one of the state's most underrated natural wonders. It's dripping in moss from start to finish and filled with plenty of gorgeous wildlife to appreciate. 

To visit, you'll need to pay a $30 national park entrance fee. But the all-around spectacular views are worth every penny.

The best place to start your explorations is the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. From there, you can choose one of two trails to explore - the Hall of Mosses Trail or the Spruce Nature Trail.

If you want to take a deeper trek into the wilderness, you can opt for the 5 Mile Island Hike. 

Whatever way you choose to explore is lined with giant 100-year-old cedar trees, dripping green moss, and fir trees.

It's like walking through a living museum.

Take a look around. There's a reason why it's usually so misty and foggy inside.

We all know Seattle has a reputaton for constant cloudy skies and rainstorms. But while the city gets around 38 inches of rain per year, Hoh Rain Forest gets over 8 and a half feet of annusl downpours!

Oddly enough, the best time to visit is during or just after a rain. That's when the moss is the brightest green. 

Lucky early risers have noted how quiet the forest can be. It turns out, the moss drains out a lot of outside sounds; so you can be alone with your thoughts in a woodsy paradise.

All in all, if you're looking for a place to reconnect with yourself and nature, this place is certainly one for the books.

Hoh Rainforest

Price: $30 per vehicle national park entrance fee

Location: 18113 Upper Hoh Rd., Forks, WA

Why You Should Go: You can explore a moss-covered rain forest filled with massive 1,000 year old trees.


We 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. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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