As I noted in Wednesday’s blog, we used to live in Port Angeles (PA) on the Olympic Peninsula and decided a return visit was in order.
We spent our first night in a cabin overlooking the Dungeness Spit. The next day we wanted to revisit the Hoh Rainforest. I know that we have been to the Hoh Rain Forest, but it was 40 years ago.
This was our first trip back since then and we totally misjudged the distance. We thought it was about an hour from PA but in reality, it was 2 ½ hours on a windy road. It was a good thing that is was a beautiful drive along Lake Crescent, a glacier created lake which is a about 12 miles long and has an average depth of 300 feet. It is located in Olympic National Park. It was crystal clear and mirror like that day.
After Lake Crescent comes Forks, of Twilight fame. Forks, to me, is a must miss. My apologies to all you Twilight saga and vampire fans out there.
The Hoh Rain forest is another 45 minutes from Forks.
There are only five rainforests in the U.S.
When considering rainforests in the United States, Washington and Oregon might be the first states to come to mind thanks to the amount of rain that falls in the Pacific Northwest each year. Among the wet landscape, there are plenty of stunning forests such as the Hoh Rain Forest near Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula. The temperate rainforest thrives here thanks to an average annual rainfall of 12 to 14 feet.
Wander through misty forests under the green canopies of mossy trees for an otherworldly atmosphere.Travel Trivia
The day we went there weren’t many cars on the road but, to our surprise, the main parking lot was completely full. We got the last space. The Visitors Center is closed and although the rainforest is also part of Olympic National Park, people were pretty much on the honor system to pay their admittance fee. We did see one ranger on the trail. The trail visitors were all respectful and in awe of their surroundings, as were we.
We were treated to a close-up of a cow elk on our hike. She was munching foliage just off the trail and seemed completely unperturbed by her human visitors.
Check out more of my Hoh Rain Forest photos on Instagram @travelswithallene.
See you on Monday with a post on our casino adventures.