A couple hiking in the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park

Hoh Rainforest

Rain or shine, it's a beautiful place to hike.

Want to be rested and ready for the Pacific Northwest's most enchanting trails? Kalaloch Lodge is the perfect choice for Hoh Rainforest lodging. Filled with every imaginable shade of green, Hoh Rainforest is one of the most spectacular temperate rainforests in the world. Mosses and ferns blanket the ground, while lush canopies of trees shade you from above. Mist and fog only add to the mystique. And in the wet season of winter and early spring, you might even see majestic Roosevelt elk.

The beauty of Hoh Rainforest is that it has something for hikers of all skill levels. Try easy trails like Hall of Mosses (0.8 mile) and Spruce Nature Trail (1.2 miles) to see the moss-draped maples that are the heart and soul of the rainforest environment. More ambitious hikers can take the relatively flat trail to 5-Mile Island (12.25 miles round-trip) to find small waterfalls, cascades and a glimpse of the snow-covered mountains. Backpackers often continue beyond that along the Hoh River Trail (17.4 miles one-way) into the heart of Olympic National Park. The first 13 miles of Hoh River Trail are relatively flat, then the trail climbs steeply along the shoulder of Mount Olympus. An extra 700-foot climb beyond that leads ot views of the magnificent Blue Glacier, the source of the mighty Hoh River. It's important to note that climbing Mount Olympus (7.979 feet) is highly technical, requiring both the right expertise and the right equipment.

Another highly-acclaimed route is the Hoh Lake Trail (6.4 miles), which splits off from the Hoh River Trail and leads up 22 switchbacks to Bogachiel Peak, between Hoh and Sol Duc valleys.

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