Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Old-growth forest. Incredible abundance and variety of moss species.

Cons

Often very wet and muddy trail.

Trailhead Elevation

600.00 ft (182.88 m)

Features

Big Game Watching
Wildlife
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day

No

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

05/14/2017
One of our favorite easy trails ever! It's amazing that we can explore a rainforest without leaving the country.
08/06/2009
A well-named trail, for sure.
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