close
HikesNational ParksWashington

Easy Day Hikes in the Hoh Rainforest

Receiving an annual rainfall average of 37.5 inches a year makes Seattle a very rainy and grey place. But by comparison to the Hoh Rainforest within Washington State’s Olympic National Park, 37.5 inches isn’t that rainy. The Hoh Rainforest receives an annual average of 140 to 170 inches of rain (that’s about 12-14 feet)!

We were lucky enough to visit the Hoh Rainforest on a very sunny and warm day. The sunlight filtering through the mossy trees made the forest explode with bright shades of green in every direction.

The Hoh Rainforest has 3 hiking trails (we are disregarding the .1 mile mini-trail) that extend from the visitor center:

  • Hall of Mosses
  • Spruce Nature Trail
  • Hoh River Trail

While dayhikers can certainly hike sections of the Hoh River Trail, there are many who backpack the full 17.3 miles to Glacier Meadows (wilderness camping permit required). I did sections of this trail several years ago but today will be covering the two family-friendly day hikes.

The Hall of Mosses: a PNW Classic

The Hall of Mosses is a .8 mile loop with only a 100 ft of elevation gain. It is the park’s most popular and well trafficked trail. This educational trail is a great introduction to the Hoh Rainforest’s diverse ecosystem.

Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
swamp, Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Giant shamrock plant, Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Fern leaves, Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Giant trunk, Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Hemlock flowers, Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest

Someone is really happy to see greenery after sweating in Arizona’s 110°+ dry heat.

Day hiking Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Spruce Nature Trail

The Spruce Nature Trail in the Hoh Rainforest is a 1.2 mile loop with very minimal elevation gain, making it a great one to pair with the Hall of Mosses. The Spruce Nature Trail takes hikers through impressive stands of old-growth Sitka spruce that grow along the Hoh River.

Day hiking Spruce Nature Trail in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Mushrooms, Day hiking Spruce Nature Trail in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Day hiking Spruce Nature Trail in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Day hiking Spruce Nature Trail in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
fallen tree, Day hiking Spruce Nature Trail in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest

Yes, we are fully aware we take cheesy photos. 🙂

Day hiking Spruce Nature Trail in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Day hiking Spruce Nature Trail in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest

Growth out of an old nurse log.

Nurse log, Day hiking Spruce Nature Trail in the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington State - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/day-hiking-hoh-rainforest
Hoh Rainforest Day Hikes Overview
Coordinates / Address
18113 Upper Hoh Rd, Forks, WA 98331
Fees / Permit
$25/private vehicle (valid for 7 consecutive days)
Difficulty
Easy
Usage
Heavy
Pets allowed
No
Camera Info
Canon 6D + Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS, Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS
Length
Hall of Mosses .8 mile loop
Spruce Nature Trail 1.2 miles loop
Elevation Gain
100ft or less
Tips & Things to Note
Wear bug spray to ward off the mosquitos.

Tags : olympic national parkwashington hikes