The number one reason that tourists come to Forks is to see the Hoh Rainforest. As of June 15, 2020, it re-opened for day use visitors. The Visitor’s Center at the Hoh, is not yet open, except for the restrooms, but the trails are open and ready for exploration!
The Hoh Rainforest is a drive of about 45 minutes to an hour from the Miller Tree Inn. Along the way, is a great little outdoor store, Peak 6. This store is owned by family of the original homesteaders of our inn. They have quality outdoor clothing and equipment, as well as a few snacks and are definitely worth a stop. If the owners are there, you might even hear a story or two about the area. Gary, on of the owners of the store, along with his sister Glynda have written a few local history books with some great stories and pictures. Their grandmother, Minnie, led trips by horseback through the Olympics. One of their books is about her.
Near the Peak 6 store is monument for a group of Russian seafarers. It makes for an interesting stop, either on your way to the rainforest or coming back out.
Once you get to the Hoh Rainforest, you have a choice of a couple of short hikes. There are two self guided loop trails. If you only have time to do one of the trails, our recommendation is that you do the Hall of Mosses trail. Both trails are well worth your time and beautiful in their own unique ways. If you would like to spend more time in the rainforest and get away from most people, we suggest that you take the Up River Trail as far as you want to go. You will be learning all about the flora and fauna of the rainforest on these hikes, as well as the wildlife.
We also suggest that you pack a lunch or at least take some snacks and drinks to the rainforest. There is no cafeteria or vending machines at the Visitor’s Center, only a drinking fountain and you may get hungry before you are through exploring. Also, check your gas tank before leaving Forks, as there are no gas stations on the way to the Hoh.
The Hoh Rainforest is a beautiful and relaxing place to go. Enjoy your time there.