Spruce Nature Trail

 5 votes

1.2 Miles 1.9 Kilometers

 

95% 

Runnable

Singletrack

135' 41 m

Ascent

-115' -35 m

Descent

725' 221 m

High

642' 196 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

All Clear

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One of the Hoh Visitor Center's easy interpretive trails.

Brian Smith

Overview

Features: Birding — River/Creek — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

This short loop, similar to the Hall of Mosses Trail, offers a quick path through the lush Hoh rainforest. The Spruce Nature Trail sees slightly less elevation change over a longer distance than the Hall of Mosses Trail, making it an easier alternative.

Flora & Fauna

Mild winters, cool summers and up to 12 feet of annual precipitation produce the giant conifers that dominate this rain forest, one of the most spectacular examples of temperate rain forest in the world.

Big-leaf maple and vine maple host an abundance of epiphytes (plants growing upon other plants) that give the rain forest its characteristic look and ethereal quality. A plethora of mosses, ferns and plants compete for space on the forest floor; grazing elk keep the understory open. Dead and downed trees decay slowly and support new life as ‘nurselogs.' The eternal cycle of life and death is strikingly apparent in this magnificent forest community.

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All Clear 52 days ago
Dry - Trail is in great shape. Frequent water sources (streams). No water at Glacier Meadows that we saw, but water available on the lateral moraine trail above it.
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