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Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail

Olympic National Park

Western Olympic Peninsula, Washington

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Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail

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  • Trail lined with sword ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata) along the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Old-growth Sitka spruces (Picea sitchensis) and western hemlocks (Tsuga heterophylla) on the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Oval-leaf blueberry (Vaccinium ovalifolium) on the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) on the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) covered in mosses on the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Interpretive trail sign along Hoh River on the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • View south across Hoh River from the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • View south across the Hoh River from Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • View south across Hoh River from the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • View east up Hoh River Valley from the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Old-growth Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) on the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) covered in mosses on the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
  • Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) on the Sitka Nature Trail.- Hoh Rain Forest's Sitka Nature Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Old-growth forest. Views along the Hoh River. Interpretive signage.
Cons: 
Often very wet and muddy trail.
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Region:
Western Olympic Peninsula, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.25 mi (2.01 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Starting at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, the Sitka Nature Trail meanders 1.25 miles through some of the most well-preserved temperate rainforest found anywhere in the United States. Adjacent to the shorter Hall of Mosses Trail, the Sitka Nature Trail offers visitors informative interpretive signs as it winds through massive stands of Sitka spruce and western hemlocks. The forest thins to groves of red alder as you approach the banks of the Hoh River, allowing for clearings and vistas of the Olympic National Park's spectacular "cloud" forest.

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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