Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, Washington

This is a throwback post, from a spot that deserves to be remembered! Last summer, when visiting my mom and dad in Washington, Morten and I decided to road-trip around the State a bit. I’m going to take some favorite spots from that road trip one at a time.

This post is about our day in Forks and then up to the Hoh Rainforest and the Hoh River. If you’ve seen the Twilight series, then you’ve seen a lot of footage from the Forks area. Here’s a little map of the area.

We stayed at the 3 Rivers Resort, which had gorgeous little cabins, as well as space for trailers and tents. The cabin we stayed in had a bathroom and kitchenette, complete with a fridge and stove, and cooking gear. We had just one night there, but really wished we could have stayed longer.

We had pancakes for breakfast at the little resort restaurant before heading off to hike the trails through the rainforest. From the 3 Rivers Resort, to the Hoh trails, was about an hours drive.

The Hoh Rain forest is a temperate rain forest and gets as much as 14 feet of rain a year. There is a constant fog or mist that gives about another 30 inches of rain  yearly, this makes it one of the world’s most lush rainforests, and it is one of the Seven Wonders of Washington State.

The day we were there it was pretty dry. It had been sunny and unusually warm for Washington the whole time we were there. But still there were huge clumps of moss everywhere, they’d just gotten a little dried out and crunchy! There was moss all up the tree trunks and hanging from all the branches, floating beneath the surface of the water, and on the pathways, it was beautiful.

Along with the trail info signs, there was  the “You are now in Cougar country” sign! Yea, there were also cougars and bears in that forest– I still haven’t figured out how to escape from either! They could outrun and outclimb us any day. Just had to hope we didn’t run into any hungry or aggressive ones. And no, that classic “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you” one that Morten kept repeating was no comfort.

You Are In Cougar Country!

We started off with a shorter trail, ‘The Hall of Mosses’. It was a 0.8 mile loop, about a 45-60 min. walk, moss all the way!

The Hoh River Trail led us out of the forest till we could see the gorgeous Hoh River. The river is named after the Hoh Native American tribe. The river starts at the the Hoh Glacier on Mount Olympus and flows through the Olympic Mountains of the Olympic National Park and Forest, finally emptying into the Pacific Ocean and it’s about 56 miles/90km long.

There was a beautiful and perhaps eerie stillness out there. Totally peaceful till we began to imagine the bears coming out the river for a drink. :p We love hiking in the woods and this was definitely a spot where we could hike as much as we wanted and then there still wasn’t time to see it all! Till next time WA.

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