By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 1/26/2020
Topics/Keywords: #OlympicNationalPark #Washington #HallofMosses Page Views: 1377
Photos of our visit to the Olympic National Park in Oregon. With text.

The Olympic National Park covers almost a million acres and includes over 60 miles of Pacific coastline. So, in the two days we spent there, we didn't see it all and didn't even try!

Instead, we concentrated on one small part of it that I had spotted in a travel guide: The "Hall of Mosses." Having spent the night in Forks, Washington, we were ready in the morning to take a drive into the Hoh Rain Forest where the Hall of Mosses is located.

Moss-covered tree reflected in brook

The place certainly lived up to its name. In a temperate rain forest with ancient trees and lush ferns and mosses, glacier-fed river, Roosevelt elk, and other wildlife including cougars, black bear, river otters, winter wrens, and Douglas squirrels, the Hall of Mosses trail is a 3/4 mile loop through an old-growth rain forest of moss-covered, big leaf maples.

Michael on the trail

The trail was well-maintained and easy to follow—more of a nature trail than a hike, really.

And, true to its name, it certainly was filled with moss! —Of every kind, ground mosses, mosses hanging from the maples, growing in the bushes, covering fallen logs…everywhere!

Mossy clearing catches a bit of sun
Moss grows so thickly in some places that it seems like carpets have been hung out to dry Considering it is a rain forest, we were lucky to have sun and a blue sky for our visit
Even tree roots are not immune to the green covering

Looking at Michael standing there, surrounding by vegetation that appeared to come straight from the Jurassic period, I wouldn't have been surprised to see a Triceratops peaking slyly from behind a moss-covered tree as it munched a bit of lunch.

Michael looks for dinosaurs Hall of Mosses Michael and Paul Paul rests…moss is exhausting!

I love Arizona, of course! But that doesn't mean I don't also love the deep forest…and I do. What a lovely place to spend a morning, or a day! We heartily recommend it.