Explore the most popular walking trails near Forks with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

nature trips
13 hours ago

Nothing but the freshest of greens and the oldest of mosses. If you are craving isolation from the city then this is the right spot. The Hall of Mosses trails offers a short round-about through monstrous trees filled with lovely mosses and ferns all around. If you are keen to know more about this vast rainforest ecosystem, along the way there are small markers that explains the development of newly found shrubs and plant life - while also highlighting the death and decay of previous living trees and wildlife.

You will definitely enjoy the serene environment the Hall of Mosses has to offer - including the drive to the visiting center that is filled with tunnels of tall trees shrouding the visible light. The moment of silence is unforgettable. Aside from the cars coming in and out of the park, for the most part, the area itself is very peaceful. Just be sure to pack some water-resistant clothing just in case it starts to drizzle around the area.

It wasn’t what I expected. The pictures do not look the same as the trail. Normally photos can’t do the justice of the scenery, but this time it was vice versa. The walk it’s self was still beautiful, but the entrance fee was 30$, which you can go to any Olympic Park for 7 days. We had to, in order to purchase said ticket, wait about an hour. I personally think it was overpriced and not worth the cost. It was, like I said, beautiful, but did not lead up to the name. If I could give out of 5 stars it would be a 3.5/5.

Exceptionally beautiful and unique. This trail is very easy for all ages and offers a lot of sightseeing and reward. But because of its fame, it’s is unfortunately high trafficked. Lots of people are walking and talking about which for me, brought me out of the peaceful trail. Take plenty of bug spray as the wet climate is perfect mosquito breeding ground and they are borderline unbearable. But don’t let either of those two points take you away from doing this short little walk. The old growth moss is something unique and must be seen. We went in early July which is considered the dry season (although it was still pretty wet) but since it doesn’t rain as much, the plant life was not as green and vivid as it might be in the rainy season. All in all, if you are in Olympic, this is absolutely a must do.

Amazing hike. Tons of variety, beautiful ocean views, wildlife, beaches, and fire pits.

We thru hiked this over 3 nights. Camped on the beach two of the nights and up on the bluffs at mosquito creek one night. We had a fire each night, there is a lot of drift wood to burn. It was a fun experience.

Tips: bring leather gloves to climb ropes, bring good traction shoes that can go in mud and/or ocean, get a tidal chart from the ranger and know when certain beaches are crossable.

This trail has a ton of variety. Lots of obstacles to high step over, a fair number of scrambles most of them have ropes to help, some bouldering, some walking on sand, some wading through mud, some walking on log bridges/stairs. The trail itself is fairly well marked and not many forks. Look up for trail signs in the trees, you will see them.

The ocean views are spectacular. Tidal pools, small islands, nice sandy beaches, some fish to be caught, picturesque scenery. It can get hot directly on the sand, so consider lounging in a place where you can hide under the trees or put up a tarp. The high tide completely covers some beaches, so pick your tent spots carefully.

Backpacked this loop on 7/7 - 7/8. Going clock-wise with a long 1st day (15 miles) and camped at Dear Lake, out 2nd day. The trail still has snow at the peak of High Divide but footprints were simple to follow. The basin was still full of snow and all basin lakes were still frozen, which was kinda disappointing. If you plan to come for basin lakes' photos, maybe 2-3 more weeks will be much better.

Beautiful! High traffic on the weekends.

Muddy, overgrown trail with lots of loose rocks and fallen trees. We were warned by other hikers about a beehive near the end, but turned around before we reached it. It's a quiet and scenic hike, but I've never slipped and tripped so much on a trail before, and can't say I really enjoyed it. Take poles and your sturdiest waterproof boots!

Terrain was pretty rough and there was overgrowth in a few places, poles would definitely be good to have. It was very quiet though, and a nice little hike.

Beautiful hike with wonderful views throughout. There are some wet spots, but we got through with just sneakers and stayed dry. Lots of inclines on the way in, so it's sure to get your heart pumping. The views on the bridge are wonderful. Well worth the drive.

Nice walk, shame it wasn't longer.

Beautiful, great for all ages, I would definitely go back

I did 3 days and 2 nights backpacking up Elip creek camp, then crossing over the Elip creek trail and staying at Three prune, I came down the skyline ridge trail to thee lakes and then hiked back to the trail head. It was definitely a challenging trail but fun. With lots of climbing.

Absolutely gorgeous! Trail is well maintained and very easy. It felt like a stroll.

Gorgeous, unique and short!

hiking
16 days ago

Went on a rainy day, so that might affect my review. There were some really cool rock formations but the rocks on the ground were kind of hard to navigate. Be sure to check the tide charts before you go.

Fantastic coastline!

Pretty and dramatic coast line great tide pools. Hole in the Wall was pretty cool, walking through is fun. Check the tide charts before going, if tide is in you can't walk through the hole, also the walk up top of the beach on loose rocks is a little harder than the hard sand below.

A very easy walk. I suggest walking at a slow pace and taking everything in. It will be over before you know it.

Such big and beautiful trees! Easy hike but a little crowded. Parking was a small ordeal. Overall would recommend it and would do again if in the area.

A short and interesting nature walk in the forest. Starts at Highway 101, across the road from campsite A54 at the Kalaloch Campground.

Great little loop with stunning views

If you are short on time . . Or ya just wanna park and be done . .this is it . . beautiful flat sandy beach at least 2 miles north and 2 miles south . . Can’t say much more except . . this is it!

hiking
23 days ago

Must do for all ages and abilities . . The beach is your “trail” . . the trail starts instantly on the beach. Go as little or as far as ya want . . great tide pools . . great ocean sound. Rocky beach . . Want a sandy beach? . . go to Shi Shi or Kalaloch Beach. Hole in the wall is a great unique feature.

Good overall hike. Not too many people which was nice. Once you get down to the creek towards the end things can get hairy, as thick & thorny vegetation encompasses either side of the trail. Once we finally saw the waterfall we had to traverse across a large fallen down tree to get to the landing area where everyone was hanging out.

26 days ago

I loved the photography here! Very easy hike, and definitely a great spot to easily access for sunset or sunrise if staying near by.

I did this trail on 6/14 to 6/16. Awesome scenery, full of green and water sources (the hike follows Quinalt River), so you don't have to take any water with you just the bottle with your filtration system. Bear canisters were required but available for free at the Ranger Station. We did 10 miles in the first day and
camped at Pyrite Campsite, by the river. Very pleasant site. It had a rock-fire-pit and some "tree-benches" to sit on. following day we hiked 4 miles to get to the valley. At the valley there are 2 very raw outpost restrooms around the chalet. didn't rain at all despite weather forecast saying it would. I really enjoyed this hike and recommend it

walking
30 days ago

Such amazing views and a beautiful place to be. It is definitely a popular spot to be at so if you are looking for some solitude I'd suggest going fairly early.

The sites are unbeatable. Tide pools are great. Drift wood burns quickly. Camp right next to the ocean with caution for high tide. This is not an actual "trail". It's a beach scramble through loose sand, and a lot of gallon sized rocks to large boulders. More walking on big rocks than on sand. Some areas are not passable at high tide. Many areas are quite slippery. Don't think you can go more than 10 miles per day.

1 month ago

Beautiful experience

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