Western Jefferson County Area Trails

Western Jefferson County

Area Trails

Rain Forest & Ocean Beaches

Before you hike,  you should be aware of some important things:

1.  Be prepared for changing weather, stay on trails, and take out what you bring in.  Help protect our National, Public, Parks.  For some trails listed you need a Park Day Pass.

2.   Pets are not allowed on Park trails or beaches, except for, all Kalaloch beaches.  All pets must be on leash.  Leashed pets are allowed in campgrounds, parking areas, and on roads.

Hoh River Visitor Center Area:

Turn off Highway 101 and travel up the Upper Hoh road 11 miles to the Olympic National Park Rain Forest Visitor Center. This trip to the Visitor Center makes a wonderful full day if you care to stop along the river and take a trail or two.  Bring a lunch or stop at the Hard Rain CafĂ© on the way.  As you drive the river there are a few turnoffs and gravel bar access points that allow for views, short walks, bird watching, and fishing access before you reach Park boundary.  Check Washington State Fishing regulations or Park regulations for current rules.

From the Visitor Center there are three Loop trails that offer opportunity to explore different micro environments.  All are marked and offer walks that vary from 0.1 mile to 1.2 miles. 

1.  The Mini Trail is a paved loop trail near the visitor Center and is accessible by wheelchair with assistance.

2.  The Hall of Mosses Trail is 0.8 mile loop; always beautiful and also offers opportunity to view some of the smaller, varied, bird life in the Park.  

3.  The Spruce Nature Trail is also a loop trail beginning near the Visitor Center.  Winding through the big trees this trail gives one the feel for a time long past before logging changed the landscape in most other areas of the Olympic Peninsula.


Ocean Beaches & Trails south of Upper Hoh Road:

As you turn south towards Kalaloch and Ruby beach you will see a sign for Oxbow Campground 3 miles to south on left, turn in and go down to lower end of campground, a short trail there leads to a view of one of the largest rapids on the Hoh River.

1.  You return to the ocean near Ruby Beach, starting from the parking area this 0.4 mile, round trip, trail is the only viewpoint to this wild section of the coast.  Always use care in negotiating the logjams in gaining any of these beaches.

2.  Beach 4 is 0.4 mile, round trip, down to a wonderful viewpoint that is again the only access to this area.  These beaches are a great place for bird watching, wandering, tide pools, and storm watches in winter.

3.  Kalaloch Nature Trail is accessed from the campground at Kalaloch.  A small store and the beautiful Kalaloch Lodge share this area with the campground.  This .08 mile loop trail offers views of beaches and also meanders through the coastal rainforest environment.

4. Moving south a few miles brings the traveler to Beach 1 and its Spruce Burl Trail, this trail wanders through stands of Sitka Spruce that have extensive collections of burled growths on trunks and limbs.  Again the beach and views abound at this last viewpoint area before you leave the coast. 


Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
United States
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Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365