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2 Easy Rainforest Hikes in Olympic National Park

The Hall of Mosses nature trail ventures less than a mile through the rainforest near the visitor center. Another, the Spruce Nature Trail is just 1.2 miles.

The Hoh Rain Forest is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforests in the United States and is one of Olympic National Park’s most popular destinations because of its accessibility from park gateway towns and its visitor center. The Hoh Rain Forest lies on the west side of Olympic National Park, about a two-hour drive from Port Angeles and under an hour from Forks, Wash. Although the rainforest area is open year-round, the visitor center is closed January through early March, and has limited hours during spring and fall.

Take your time and leisurely stroll these two easy trails. Tip: The best time to visit is the in the autumn when the leaves turn color. Bring your raincoat – fall is the rainy season. But there’s nothing more magical than walking in a rainforest in the rain.

Hall of Mosses Nature Trail

Kids run on the Hall of Mosses Trail in Olympic National Park's Hoh Rain Forest
Kids run on the Hall of Mosses Trail in Olympic National Park’s Hoh Rain Forest (Photo: Justin Bailie)

The Hall of Mosses nature trail ventures less than a mile through the Hoh Rainforest near the visitor center. It’s a favorite loop hike for kids and anyone who would enjoy an educational stroll with interpretive signs.

Spruce Nature Trail

Another, the Spruce Nature Trail is just 1.2 miles for those with leftover energy.

Park visitors on the Hall of Mosses Trail in Olympic National Park's Hoh Rain Forest
Park visitors on the Hall of Mosses TrailGloria Wadzinski
Tree arch on Hall of Mosses Trail in Olympic National Park's Hoh Rain Forest
Walking under the tree arch is especially nice in autumnDepositphotos

Hoh Rain Forest Trail Map

Map of the nature trails near the Hoh Rainforrest Visitor Center. Courtesy NPS

Need an Olympic National Park map? Buy the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park map at REI.com. The map includes clearly marked trails and points of interest such as scenic views, campgrounds, trailheads, boat launches, picnic sites, ranger stations and more printed on waterproof, tear-resistant material.