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Coastal Area

Mini-Rain Forest Trail at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

Directions:
From Forks, drive south on 101 to the entrance to Olympic National Park. Follow Hoh River Road for 18 miles to the park visitor center and the road's end.

Features:
This flat, 0.25-mile paved trail gives users a taste of the rainforest near the Hoh Visitor Center. Visit a crystal-clear stream and see huge, old-growth Sitka spruce trees. The trail is paved and accessible for wheelchairs.

Moisture-laden air from the Pacific brings an average of 140 inches of annual rainfall to the Hoh Valley, (record of 190 inches) in addition to condensed mist that contributes another 30 inches.

Other Info:
The Hoh Visitor Center and Campground (ONP) has a picnic area with one accessible site with table extensions. It has accessible restrooms and an amphitheater in the campground. There are a number of sites in Loop A that can handle larger RVs. Wheelchair available for checkout.


Hall of Mosses Trail (ONP)

Directions:
From Forks, drive south on 101 to the entrance to Olympic National Park. Follow Hoh River Road for 18 miles to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and the road's end.

Features:
This 0.8 mile loop trail offers an introduction to the ecology and plants of the rain forest. The trail shows the moss-draped maples, magically green in the spring, spectacular with color in the fall and a treat any time of year. The trail winds through big leaf Maples, Sitka spruce, 300 year old Cedar trees, and nurse logs, fallen trees that have become seedbeds for shrubs and seedlings. Short uneven grades.


Spruce Nature Trail (ONP)

Directions:
From Forks, drive south on 101 to the entrance to Olympic National Park. Follow Hoh River Road for 18 miles to the park visitor center and the road's end.

Features:
One of the most popular hikes in Olympic National Park, the Spruce Nature Trail takes you through impressive stands of old-growth Sitka spruce, and along the Hoh River. Here the trail meanders through the late-secessional (younger) forests of red alder and cottonwood, showing the landscape carved over thousands of years by this glacier-fed river. Interpretive plaques explaining the ecology of the rainforest are found along the way. The 1.3 mile (roundtrip) trail is paved and accessible with assistance. (It has some short uneven grades.)


Rialto Beach

Directions:
From Forks, go North 1 mi on US 101 to SR 110. Follow signs 12 mi to Rialto Beach.

Features:
A short (.1 mile) paved trail leads from the parking lot through coastal forest at the picnic area to its end near the beach. The extent of the beach view depends on the amount of driftwood and cobbles washed onto the end of the trail.

Other Info:
Outstanding views of Pacific Ocean. There is an accessible picnicking site adjacent to the trail. Dogs are allowed on leash at Rialto Beach until Ellen Creek (about 1 mile north of the parking lot). Mora Campground (ONP) is 2 miles east of the beach.


Kalaloch Nature Trail

Directions:
From Forks, drive 35 miles south on 101. Follow signs to campground.

Features:
Beautiful Olympic National Park campground. First 1000 ft of Kalaloch Nature Trail at the campground is accessible with assistance.

Other Info:
Very nice accessible campground (Loops A and D) with some views of the ocean directly from campsites. Loop D has paved accessible sites with picnic table extensions. One of the few ONP campgrounds that supports larger RVs. The trail to the beach is very steep and often blocked by logs brought in by storms. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Just south of the campground is the Kalaloch Lodge. The main lodge, resturant, and one cabin are accessible.

Beach Trail #4 at Kalaloch (ONP)

Directions:
From Forks, drive 30 miles south on 101. Follow signs to Beach #4.

Features:
300 ft gravel accessible trail to overlook for views of the Pacific Ocean. The 1000' gravel trail (with some steps) to the beach is moderately steep (20% slope in some areas).

Other Info:
The parking area has an accessible vault toilet.


Kestner Homestead Trail at Quinault Ranger Station

Directions:
From Aberdeen, go North 47 mi on US 101. Turn right at North Shore Rd. Follow 5 mi to Quinault Ranger Station (ONP).

Features:
The 1.5 mile Kestner Homestead Trail can be looped with the 0.25 mile Maple Glade Trail. Both trails are accessible with assistance.


Maple Glade Rain Forest Trail

Directions:
From Aberdeen, go North 47 mi on US 101. Turn right at North Shore Rd. Follow 5 mi to Quinault Ranger Station (ONP).

Features:
Maple Glade Rain Forest Trail is a 1/2 mile loop nature trail across the bridge from the Quinault Ranger Station. This trail passes through a portion of a temperate rain forest.