Hoh Rainforest Loop

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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0.5h
Distance
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0.3 km
Elevation
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1 m
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The Hoh Rainforest is one of the most visited forests in Olympic National Park. Walk through lush temperate rainforest on an easy, family-friendly trail. The trail presents no real challenge and is conveniently located near a visitor center and a campground. This short loop stays close to the visitor center. If you want a longer walk in the area, try the Hoh Rainforest Hike.

Although this trail gets busy, we recommend making the trip if you’re in the park. If you can, visiting on a weekday offers the best chance of a quieter trail.

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Route Description for Hoh Rainforest Loop

The Hoh Rainforest is one of the most visited forests in Olympic National Park. This area of the park is home to the Hoh River that carves from Mount Olympus to the Pacific Ocean. The word “Hoh” (pronounced “hoe”) comes from Native American language, possibly from the Quileute word "ohalet" which means "fast-moving water" or "snow water." This is an exceptionally beautiful area that truly encompasses what a coastal temperate rainforest is. This loop is very brief, but we offer a route guide for a longer walk through the forest if you have more time.
This quick leg stretch is suitable for all ages and ability levels.

The hike begins from the parking loop, passing by the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center on your left-hand side. You’ll be on the Mini Trail. Stay left and then take a right immediately after crossing the river. You’ll then keep right to return to the start of the trail.

Getting to the Hoh Rainforest Loop Trailhead

The trailhead of the Hoh Rainforest Loop is in the parking loop at the visitor center off Upper Hoh Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-round

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Good

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Loop

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