Hoh Rain Forest Loop
ElevationAscent: 158' 48 m
Descent: -161' -49 m
High: 723' 220 m
Low: 634' 193 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
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“An enjoyable hike to learn about a temperate rainforest as you revel in its magnificence.”— Brian Smith
Family Friendly This loop's short length and mystical rainforest will captivate children as they explore the trail.
This short loop, similar to the Hall of Mosses Trail, 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. The Spruce Nature Trail sees slightly less elevation change over a longer distance than the Hall of Mosses Trail, making it an easier alternative.
Back at the junction with Mini Trail, complete the portion of the loop that you bypassed at the beginning and follow the trail back to the parking lot.
Throughout the winter season, rain falls frequently in the Hoh Rain Forest, contributing to the yearly total of 140 to 170 inches (or 12 to 14 feet!) of precipitation each year. The result is a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species. Mosses and ferns that blanket the surfaces add another dimension to the enchantment of the rainforest.
The Hoh Rain Forest is located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest rainforest which once spanned the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California. The Hoh is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States and is one of the park's most popular destinations.
Immense fallen conifers are swept downriver and create logjams and quiet pools for salmon. Their spawned-out carcasses feed dozens of aquatic and forest animals and fertilize the soil, bringing riches from the ocean to the forest. In turn, the forest lends stability to the river by preventing massive sediment flushing. Mountain, river, forest, ocean—each part of this ecosystem depends on the other, a tapestry woven together as one naturally functioning unit.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park