Spruce Nature Trail and Hall of Mosses Loop

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Very Easy
Duration
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1-1.5h
Distance
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4.7 km
Elevation
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32 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Spruce Nature Trail and Hall of Mosses Loop is a heavily trafficked loop trail in Olympic National Park that is suitable for beginners. This hike is popular for its abundance of coastal temperate rainforest flora and fauna, including the verdant Hall of Mosses.

The line to get into this part of the park can get long, so try to arrive before 10 AM.

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Route Description

For a quintessential temperate rainforest experience, the Spruce Nature Trail and Hall of Mosses Loop is a perfect option. This hike lets you pack in the typical rainforest experience—ferns, mosses, old-growth trees—into a very quick, easy hike. It’s suitable for all levels.

Getting past the ranger station can be half the battle on this hike. Try to arrive early or you may be waiting in line for parking. From the visitor center, take Mini Trail up across the river, staying left. This trail takes you to the Hall of Mosses.

Loop back around Mini Trail and then, at the junction with Hoh River Trail and Spruce Nature Trail, stay right. The loop around the nature trail can be completed either way, and you’ll end up back at this junction. From here, find your way back to the trailhead at the visitor center.

Getting There

The trailhead for Staircase Rapids is at the northwest corner of the Staircase Campgrounds.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    Hoh Rainforest Campground

  • When to do

    April-October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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