One of our favorite trails in Olympic National Park was the Hall of Mosses in the Hoh Rainforest. Though this trail was only 0.8 miles roundtrip, it was the most spectacular walk that we did. There were a few better destination trails, but as far as enjoying the journey, Hall of Mosses was our favorite.
The Hall of Mosses is located behind the Visitor Center in the Hoh Rainforest. Walk around to the right side of the building and follow the trail. When the trail splits, follow the sign to the left. It winds around a small sparkling pond that fairies may flit about in quiet moments, and heads up the hill.
The hill isn’t long or steep, and at the top the one-way loop begins. Turn left to head into the trees. There are signs to guide you along the way. Since everyone goes the same direction, you won’t pass anyone along the trail. The limited parking at Hoh keeps the trails from getting too busy as well.
As you walk into the Hall, the trees get taller and thicker. They are so ancient that mosses thickly blanket them, blocking out most of the sunlight. An occasional stray sunray finds the forest floor, which makes it even more beautiful. We walked with wonder around this entire trail, taking it extra slowly, pausing for pictures, and listening carefully to the forest.
The trail goes through several spectacular scenes, including one area where you walk right under an arched tree, which really does look like the entrance to a hallway. It was so beautiful!
If you make it to the Hoh Rainforest area in Olympic National Park, make sure you visit the Hall of Mosses. It is a peaceful, pleasant stroll that you can’t experience anywhere else!
Tips for Visiting
- Arrive early or late. We arrived at 8:30 AM and parked along the road. We didn’t have to wait at the gate. When we left a few hours later, the line was well down the road and cars were only being let in as cars leave. The ranger said that the cars at the back would wait about 2 hours to enter. So arrive early! We also heard if you arrive after 4:00, the lines to get in die down as well.