Nature’s Champion Olympic National Park, National Geographic: Hall of Mosses in Rainforest

A lush canopy of conifer and deciduous trees cover the Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rain Forest. Throughout the winter season, rain falls frequently contributing to the annual total of 12-14 feet of precipitation resulting in an environment of spruce, hemlock and bigleaf maples covered in mosses and ferns that blankets all surfaces.

The Hoh Rain Forest is located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest which was once a rainforest that spanned the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California. The dominant species are Sitka Spruce and western hemlock that are 100s of years old and can reach 230 feet in height and 30-60 feet in circumference.

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