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Hall of Mosses Trail

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 4.4 (48)

A short loop that dips its toes into the magnificent Hoh rainforest.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.2

KM

Point to Point

739' 225 m

High

615' 188 m

Low

376' 115 m

Up

290' 88 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Birding · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail's short length, gentle grades, and enchanting rainforest ecosystem provide families with children a great option to get out and hike.

Description

This short, easy loop winds through old growth temperate rain forest with minimal elevation gain. This is a great option for families looking to take a quick stroll through the rainforest or for someone looking to tack on an extra mile to a hike.

This loop can be done in conjunction with Mini Trail and Spruce Nature Trail to create a slightly longer hike.

Flora & Fauna

Mild winters, cool summers and up to 12 feet of annual precipitation produce the giant conifers that dominate this rain forest, one of the most spectacular examples of temperate rain forest in the world.

Big-leaf maple and vine maple host an abundance of epiphytes (plants growing upon other plants) that give the rain forest its characteristic look and ethereal quality. A plethora of mosses, ferns and plants compete for space on the forest floor; grazing elk keep the understory open. Dead and downed trees decay slowly and support new life. The eternal cycle of life and death is strikingly apparent in this magnificent forest community.

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Brian Smith

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  4.4 from 48 votes

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Ferns & mosses everywhere.
Aug 24, 2017 near Forks, WA
Greeny Hoh Rainforest
Mar 5, 2015 near Forks, WA
More great scenery on the Hall of Mosses Trail
Aug 24, 2017 near Forks, WA
Classic Hoh Rain Forest as seen from the Hall of Mosses trail in Olympic National Park, WA.
Nov 23, 2015 near Forks, WA
Lots of interesting tree trunks on this loop.
Aug 24, 2017 near Forks, WA
Majorly mossy tree.
Aug 24, 2017 near Forks, WA

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Mar 23, 2021
Dylan Payne
Jan 28, 2021
Amy Pruitt
Jan 27, 2021
Amy Pruitt
Oct 3, 2020
Jeroen Hauwelaert
10h 48m
Sep 10, 2020
J W
Definitely the best bang for your buck on this short loop through an ancient rainforest.
Sep 5, 2020
Lily Adams
Aug 22, 2020
Ben Hur
Aug 17, 2020
Cindy Savage