We started the loop drive on the North side of Lake Quinault - it was a small windy road through some houses and then more and more in the forest. After a while, the elevation started changing (rising) and the road turned to gravel. This got us pretty nervous in our rented minivan as it started to rain and get foggy. Finally we got to a small bridge and thought we were to the 1/2 way point - quite a small bridge but we managed. However, after we crossed, the road kept going NW rather than heading back! We had been about to turn around a couple times but decided to keep going. On this drive, we did see more amazing mossy trees and some of the largest ferns we'd ever seen! About the time we though we were lost for sure, we got to a larger bridge where we crossed the inlet to Lake Quinault and started heading back. Don't miss the waterfall after a small bridge on the South side of the lake. This road turned to tar much sooner than the other side did, so much better for driving. An added bonus was the Salmon House for supper 1/2 way back on the south side.
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