Spruce Nature Trail – 1.3mi / 2.1km
This popular loop passes through the lush rain forest with its monstrous namesake trees to the mighty Hoh River. Follow the signs through a few junctions on this well-maintained trail. Small streams create wetlands amongst the ferns, moss-draped maples, and huge spruce trees.
The Spruce Nature Trail breaks off from the Hoh River Trail, and comes to a junction which can be taken in either direction. The trail meanders through the exquisite forest with great features such as trees lined up over nurse logs. It eventually reaches the Hoh River which is cloudy, giving hints of its glacial origins. Keep an eye out along the way, and at the river, for the area’s elk herds. The trail leaves the river and continues through the forest to close the loop.
Trailhead: Turn onto the Upper Hoh Road from Hwy 101 (13 miles south of Forks). Follow the road to the visitor center at the end of the road. The trail begins behind the visitor center.
Elevation Gain: 30ft / 9m – Elevation Loss: 30ft / 9m