Hall of Mosses, Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington, United States
Photograph by Jennifer Bulava
The Hall of Mosses Trail is a well known .8 mile looping hiking trail in Olympic National Park’s Hoh Rainforest. The trail loops through a temperate rainforest filled with trees like Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and bigleaf maple that are covered with vibrant green and brown mosses and ferns cover the ground beneath the trees.
During the winter season, rain falls often in the Hoh Rainforest, contributing to an annual total of 140-170 inches of precipitation – an incredible ten to twelve feet of rainfall. As a result of the plentiful rainfall, the canopy is lush and green, filled with coniferous and deciduous species of trees. The Hoh Rainforest is one of the best remaining examples of temperate rainforests in the United States and is located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest rainforest which once stretched from the central coast of California along the Pacific coast to southeastern Alaska.