This Easy Hike In A Washington Rainforest Will Take You To A Mossy Wonderland
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.
We 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.
The 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.
The 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.
As 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!
Cedars, maples, and alder trees also dot the heavily-trafficked trail.
Because 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.
The 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.
If 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.
If 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.
If you want to soak in some serenity all year-round, this is the place to be.
Hall of Mosses
Difficulty: EasyLength: 0.8 miles out-and-back
Price: Discover Pass is required, $10 for one day, $30 for one year
Address: Hoh Valley Rd, Forks, WA 98331
Why You Need To Go: To experience a rainforest in all its glory + the prettiest pictures
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