Heart of the Forest Trail is a hiking trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 1,853 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,008 feet.
Heart of the Forest Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Beginning from the bustling Heart O’the Hills Campground, this well-manicured but lightly hiked trail ventures into the heart of a jungle of ancient conifers. Mosey through rows of giant hemlock, silver ﬁr, and Douglas-ﬁr pillars that hold up a verdant canopy above an equally lush green understory.
Most campers who ﬁnd this peaceful little path rarely venture far on it. Start by crossing a creek and walking on a boardwalk through pungent skunk cabbage. Climb about 50 feet, passing impressive cedars and Douglas-ﬁrs. The way then slowly descends, blazing across a forest ﬂoor of luxuriant undergrowth shaded by primeval giants.
Dogs are prohibited."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books).
"This approximately 2-mile trail leads into the forest to the east of the Heart o’ the Hills Campground. It offers no mountain views, but does travel through some of the most stately old-growth forest on the Olympic Peninsula.
This ancient woodland is made up of silver fir, red cedar, and Douglas fir, with some of the largest trees exceeding 8 feet in diameter. Old trees often die from the top down, and the broken-topped giants provide the unique nesting habitat for the northern spotted owl, one of the most celebrated and controversial of our endangered species."
--Erik Molvar, Best Easy Day Hikes Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides).
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