Hoh Rain Forest
Hoh Rain Forest
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One of the largest temperate rainforests in America, the Hoh Rain Forest offers a tranquil nature escape surrounded by lush greenery, old-growth trees, and abundant wildlife. Take the 0.8-mile Hall of Mosses loop trail to admire the forest's beautiful flora up close. To fully immerse yourself in the forest's beauty, you can even camp overnight and explore the Hoh River in the morning. If you're visiting during peak season, try to arrive early in the morning or late afternoon for fewer crowds. Guided tours are also available if you want to explore the rainforest and Olympic National Park with an expert.
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  • John S
    Altoona, Pennsylvania275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply beautiful
    Just a beautiful park of the park to visit. I would get there as early as you can, otherwise, parking will Be a problem. We hiked the Hoh river trail to just past the falls and it was awesome. Took time to sit along the river and take in the flowing river and beauty of nature. Just such a peaceful place to be.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia1,690 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene and stunning forest
    When I hear “rain forest,” I think of the Amazon, which is obviously nothing like Hoh Rainforest in the PNW. This rainforest has the Hall of Mosses Trail, a short trail through an amazing verdant forest in which deep green moss covers everything while sunbeams pierce the canopy above. Photos cannot begin to capture the experience of walking through. There is also an adjacent loop trail with a huge tree stump and river views that is impressive in its own right. There is very limited parking at the rainforest trailhead, which leads to long backups, but I had to concede it was worth it to limit the crowds on the trails.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 28, 2023
  • sticklelis
    122 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded after late morning, but worth it. Go Early!
    While the rain forest is a must see for Olympic National Park visitors, its really crowded so its important to get there early if you want to hike. We arrived at the parking lot at about 6:30 am (we are birders so used to that) and there was no one there, except lots of Elk all over the place!) and by the time we finished our Hoh river trail hike in late morning it was packed. The rainforest environment is probably most accessible at this point, but we round other areas of the park had as many giant trees, but not as many crowds.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Grace K
    Cherry Hill, New Jersey15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tolkien’s magical world in real life
    We got there at 1pm on June 22nd. After 1 hour of waiting in line, which was fine and expected, we found parking easily and headed to the Hall of Mosses for some magical views. There’s a lot to see here, and it’s definitely worth it for the magically fuzzy redwood trees. Take any detours along the trail that you see, they do have an end to them shortly and usually it’s something amazing. For those worried about how to tell how long their wait will be, we found the estimated time markers that you pass along the road to be very accurate. I’ll include a photo for reference. There is also a toilet up ahead of the 30 minute wait marker for anyone who needs to go while waiting in line (if going with someone else, you can take turns). Many views reminded me of scenes from the Lord of the Rings; the trees were ents, the mossy views were just another part of the shire, and the Hoh River (viewed on the Spruce Trail) was the River that Aragorn fell into… not literally but that’s what it felt and looked like! Pictures don’t do this justice, bring a DSLR camera or prepare to be disappointed that you can’t capture the beauty you’re seeing IRL!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Sabrina R
    Mountain View, Missouri45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hoh is a must visit
    Go very very early or you will end up in a long line. We got there at 7:15 and had to wait about 15 min for our turn to go in. I heard the wait that day was 3 to 4 hours average. GO EARLY. So amazing
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • scrappysquirrel
    Mechanicsville, Virginia500 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neat, but long wait and crowded
    We visited Hoh Rain Forest on Sunday, July 2nd. We arrived at 9:30 a.m. and had a 3 hour wait to get into the park. I realize that it was a holiday weekend, but this wait seemed a bit excessive, especially when we arrived early. Perhaps the park should consider instituting a reservation system during exceptionally busy times as other parks have. Once we finally got through to the rain forest, we hiked the Spruce Nature Trail and Hall of Mosses Trail. This area was so different from other areas of the park and I'm glad that we visited.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • pat
    Eugene, Oregon120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my two most favorite spots in Olympic National Park (Hurricane Ridge also).
    We planned for a longish day, though I am somewhat disabled (limited walking) I loved this area, and was able to view lots. It is lush, diverse, pristine, amazingly beautiful, from the multiplicity of mosses to the gurgling of waters. Sights up, down and around. Come very early, by 9 am, to avoid the wait for parking. Bring a picnic and choose a table under moss-coated trees, in the shade, with aggressive cries as company. Bring cash; the credit machine at gift shop is dead. I bought Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Friendly volunteers and knowledgeable Rangers.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • GoVols79
    Chattanooga, Tennessee2,916 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come Early
    Our family loves visiting National Parks so we were very excited to visit the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park. We stayed in Port Angeles and it took 2 full hours for us to arrive. I had read about the crowds and was relieved to be able to go right in and get a spot when we arrived at 9 am. It was very close to capacity then and when we came out around 12 there were at least 60 cars in line so planning is very important. We hiked all of the Hall of Mosses and the Spruce trail and a small bit of the Hoh River trail. The trails are very easy and doable for just about anyone. Even though the area around the visitor center is very crowded it thins out once you are on the trail. We loved seeing the giant trees, huge ferns hiking by the river on the Spruce trail. This was a highlight of our trip and one place you don’t want to miss in Olympic National Park.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • JohnHarris007
    Naples, Florida51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old large trees covered with moss
    We had been delayed in Forks most of the day but went after 5pm to the Hoh rain forest. We had been told that was a good time to get in to park and it was. But neither of us was feeling well so opted for a short loop trail there starting right at the visitor center. There were huge old trees with lots of moss but the trail was not that much different from trails to water falls we took previous days (Marymere falls and Sul Duc falls) that had huge trees as well. Of course even these trees while very old and large do not hold a candle to the sequoias and giant redwoods in the California national parks that may be perhaps 5 times larger. Still these are large and covered with moss that is cool.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Lori K
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Rain Forest
    The HOH rain forest and entire Olympic National Park should be on everyone's bucket list. So many absolutely huge old-growth trees of various species are just amazing to stand next to. The only down side to this visit is that there is a long line to get into the park, due to limited parking. It's about a 15 or so mile drive from Hwy 101 to the park, and you're not informed until several miles before the park entrance about this. We waited 1.5 hours to go several miles; we wished we'd been prepared to wait that long. Probably if you go early in the day or later in the afternoon it would be a shorter wait, as we left at about 3 pm and the line was only about 1/2 mile long at that point.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
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jkweebs
Omaha, NE645 contributions
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Jun 2021
This is something you just have to see. You would not expect this in the Northern United States. The trails are easy to walk and anyone could do them. The different things you can see and the way the trees grow with all the moss and ferns is amazing. If I can make one recommendation go very early. This is a one road in one road out place with very limited parking. We went early and spend the entire morning walking around. We saw some elk and even found a couple different slugs. But if you don't go early you could be waiting in line for hours because as a certain point they will only let a car in if a car comes out. Don't miss it but go early.
Written July 3, 2021
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Janelle D
Kansas City, MO64 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Friends
We loved walking through the Hall of Mosses. Beautiful drive getting to the parking area and only a short walk to the trails which are to the right of the visitors center, which isn’t open due to Covid. Restrooms are open. There were a lot of people, but most wore masks and gave each other space on the one way trails. Only the Olympic National Park $30 entrance fee. If you’re going to Mt. Ranier National Park also, you may want to get the $80 pass that gets you and anyone with you in for free at any national park nationwide for a year from your purchase date.
Written August 31, 2020
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RobertColumbus_OH
Columbus, OH19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
As I approached the entrance, I was stopped by a line of vehicles that stretched further than I could see. After an hour, I flagged down a car coming the other way. The driver told me that the park was only letting in one car when another car left. He also said I was a long way from getting in. So, I left.
Written July 1, 2021
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Marie W
Bakersfield, CA3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Although I would recommend coming to the rainforest, the wait outside the park was really long! When I got there I spent about an hour walking along some of the trails and then left. Unless you’re going to go for long hikes within the forest, it’s really not worth the long line. It’s just OK.
Written August 13, 2022
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Robert S
Chaska, MN342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We did the Hall of Mosses Nature Trail 0.8 mile loop. It was a very easy and very beautiful hike. We were there in late September in a drought year and it was still fantastically beautiful. You can imagine in a forest with everything covered with moss. Check out the attached photo.
Written October 27, 2021
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Crissy K
Memphis, IN583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Unfortunately it was a three hour drive from hurricane ridge and with construction it was closer to 4 hours. We made it and we’re not disappointed. We took the spruce trail. It was an easy 1.8 mile loop. The signs throughout explained the forest. The river was a slice of heaven. I don’t want to leave. I could have spend hours. You need at least a day to explore this area fully. Just beautiful. I’ve never seen the kind of beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Plan to spend some time here. 2 hours just wasn’t enough.
Written June 18, 2021
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Swim Girl
Chicago, Illinois31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
This was the most interesting part of the park. Was it worth traveling 2,000+ miles to see during a week of endless rain? Debatable. Olympic National Park is not easy to get around. So you are forced to literally go to one site a day due to the lack of connecting roads. Major areas of the park are not upgraded and offer little interpretive information compared to other Canadian and US properties. Antiquated is not the right word—beat up, sparse and lacking investment are the best words to describe Olympic. There are so many sites that are more accessible and offer more bang for your buck in North America. Really look at other park options before making the trek out to the West Coast.
Written June 4, 2022
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Grace K
Cherry Hill, NJ15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We got there at 1pm on June 22nd. After 1 hour of waiting in line, which was fine and expected, we found parking easily and headed to the Hall of Mosses for some magical views. There’s a lot to see here, and it’s definitely worth it for the magically fuzzy redwood trees. Take any detours along the trail that you see, they do have an end to them shortly and usually it’s something amazing.

For those worried about how to tell how long their wait will be, we found the estimated time markers that you pass along the road to be very accurate. I’ll include a photo for reference. There is also a toilet up ahead of the 30 minute wait marker for anyone who needs to go while waiting in line (if going with someone else, you can take turns).

Many views reminded me of scenes from the Lord of the Rings; the trees were ents, the mossy views were just another part of the shire, and the Hoh River (viewed on the Spruce Trail) was the River that Aragorn fell into… not literally but that’s what it felt and looked like!

Pictures don’t do this justice, bring a DSLR camera or prepare to be disappointed that you can’t capture the beauty you’re seeing IRL!
Written July 5, 2023
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tumbleweedchris
Richland, WA976 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Hoh Rainforest is one of the longest detours from route 101 in the national park, but is well worth it. I got there early in the morning, so parking was not an issue, but it appears parking can be a nightmare during busy times. I'd suggest shooting for an early arrival. I did the Hall of Mosses and Spruce Nature Trails on my visit. The Hall of Mosses is a hike through some of the older growth forest. I saw some elk near the path during the early hours. The Spruce Nature Trail is definitely worth doing as well and shows folks some of the newer growth by the river. This was my second favorite area of the park behind Rialto Beach and should be on any Olympic itinerary. You don't have to stay too long as you can get those two hikes done in a pretty short amount of time. There are some longer hikes, but I didn't have the time to venture out.
Written June 1, 2022
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Mandy W
Gainesville, FL269 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
The kids said Hoh Rainforest was like walking through Endor, without Ewoks. Massive trees, moss everywhere, hanging vine like branches, ferns, and bright shades of green. We went during the dry season, but I bet it's even more vibrant after a good long rain.
Written June 27, 2020
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