Monday, December 30, 2013

The Hoh Rainforest

We took a trip to the Hoh Rainforest.  It's located within the Olympic National Park.  It is about a 3-1/2 hour trip from Port Townsend.  It was a sunny day, but when we hiked some of the trails, it was still dripping wet from all the branches.  The Hoh Rainforest gets 12 to 14 feet of rain in a year...and most of it falls during the winter season.  There are a variety of trees including the Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock.  They can grow over 300 feet tall, and 20-plus feet in diameter.  
The trail name speaks for itself.
Lots of tropical looking ferns and lush vegetation
Within the Hoh Rainforest, it is not uncommon to see trees growing up out of fallen logs. These are called "nurse logs" and help seedlings grow by providing a solid foundation and nutrients for roots, while boosting them off the forest floor and above the competition with other seedlings. 

 This is what the trees look like when the 'nurse log' finally decays and disappears.


View looking up at these tall trees.  This one is well over 200 feet tall.