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Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail

Olympic National Park

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail

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  • Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Roosevelt elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti) near the Hall of Moss Trailhead.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Old-growth Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) along the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Taft Creek along the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Taft Creek along the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Taft Creek along the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Broom moss (Dicranum scoparium) on the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) covered in mosses on the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) covered in mosses on the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) covered in mosses and licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) on the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) covered in mosses on the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) covered in mosses on the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Moss showing its stalk and capsule on the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) covered in mosses Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Oregon beaked moss (Kindbergia oregana) on the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Old-growth Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) on the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Western hemlocks (Tsuga heterophyllaand) and the remnants of an old "nurse" log on the Hall of Moss Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
  • Backlit moss is just the best.- Hoh Rain Forest's Hall of Moss Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Old-growth forest. Incredible abundance and variety of moss species.
Cons: 
Often very wet and muddy trail.
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Region:
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
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Hike Description

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Although only 0.8 miles long, the Hall of Moss Trail landscape epitomizes the rainforest ecosystem that has made the Hoh River Valley so famous. Here, old-growth Sitka spruce reach heights of up 250 feet, and western hemlocks dominate the forest canopy. The forest floor is blanketed in soft mosses and countless ferns, and bigleaf maples droop with the weight of soggy epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants). 

Keep an eye out for wildlife along the trail, as numerous animals call the forest home. The Hoh River Valley is home to roughly 10% of the National Park's 4-5,000 Roosevelet elk. Additionally, during the quiet off-season along Taft Creek you're likely to hear pileated woodpeckers knocking against an old snag, see a Douglas squirrel, or be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of an elusive bobcat or river otter.

Forest Trees + Moss

With roughly 144 inches of rain annually, the temperate rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula is home to some of the largest trees found on our planet and the most diverse and abundant collections of moss anywhere. Click on the following links to learn more about many of these trees and moss.

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