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Hoh Valley Rd, Forks, WA 98331, United States
Postal Code
98331
latitude
47.84
longitude
-123.97

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360-565-3131
Operating Hours
Open 24/7

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Operating Hours
  • Mon 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Tue 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Wed 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Thu 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Fri 12:00 am - 12:00 am Closed now
  • Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Sun 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Overview The Hoh Rain Forest, pronounced "Hoe", earns its name from the ever-flowing Hoh River that carves its way from Mount Olympus towards the Pacific Coast. However, where the name originates, is up for debate. The word "Hoh" undoubtedly comes from Native American languages; possibly the Quileute word "Ohalet" which means "fast-moving water" or "snow water." Since the river itself forms from glacial runoff, that origin seems straightforward. Other explanations state that the Quinault word "Qu," meaning "boundary," could be the root of the name as a river as massive as the Hoh certainly forms a formidable boundary across the landscape. A third consideration claims that the word "Hoh" translates to "man with quarreling wives." The actual history behind the name appears to be lost to time.

Regardless of the name, there's no question as to the allure that draws visitors back to the rainforest year after year. Throughout the winter season, rain falls frequently in the Hoh Rain Forest, contributing to the yearly average of 140 inches (3.55 meters) of precipitation each year. The result is a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species. Mosses and ferns that blanket the surfaces add another dimension to the enchantment of the rainforest.

The Hoh Rain Forest is located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest rainforest which once spanned the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California. The Hoh is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States and is one of the park's most popular destinations.

The Hoh lies on the west side of Olympic National Park, about a two-hour drive from Port Angeles and under an hour from Forks. The Hoh Rain Forest is accessed by the Upper Hoh Road, off of Highway 101 (directions).

A general map and information regarding facilities, picnic areas, camping, and regulations can be found in the park's Hoh Rain Forest brochure.

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