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Olympic National Park- Post #3

There are many memorable and amazing places in the Olympic National Park, but there is one area you must visit. That is the Hoh Rain Forest. This place is special!

While most places are best to see on sunny days the Hoh Rain Forest should be visited on rainy and cloudy days. The reason for this is that the wet conditions really bring out the green colors. It is a unique experience to say the least! Another interesting thing to consider is the amount of rain that Hoh receives. For a littler perspective consider that Seattle receives 35 to 40 inches of rain a year, but the Hoh Rain Forest receives 14 FEET of rain. That is a lot of rain! 🌧️


My favorite part about the rain forest is how quiet it is. All the moss and vegetation dampens the sound in the area. Due to this dampening the Rain Forest is one of the last remaining places in the United States to be a noise free area. Additionally, very few planes fly over the park, so it is possible to hike in the Rain Forest for 15 to 20 minutes and not hear a sound. Try it! Stop walking and listen. You are likely to never experience this level of quiteness outdoors ever again. It is absolutely magical and surreal.

The Hoh Rain Forest is actually one of four rain forests on the Olympic Pennisula. However, it is the only one listed as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. This area is the best preserved rain forest in the Northern Hemisphere, and looks the same as it did during Christ's birth. Again, this place is incredibly special.

If you happen to make it here in the fall or winter you might even see some of the native elk and deer.


Finally, on the edge of the rain forest there is a camp site that stays fairly busy. However, if you happen to get a spot out here make sure to take a walk to the slate grey glacier fed river. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful spots we have personally ever seen. David said he would even be willing to settle down in one place if he could build a log cabin right here! (Watch for bears though!)


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