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“Beautiful and not full of traffic”

Quinault Rain Forest
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Owner description: The Olympic Coast national park.
Reviewed 13 January 2018

This is one of the stops on the Olympic Loop Drive that gets missed by many. Trails are near the main road, rt 101, with a variety of lengths starting at .5 mile to 3 miles with interconnecting trails. Beautiful, very few on trails even in July.when temperatures are perfect.

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Lake Quinault and vicinity is a good, pristine nature area. Considering my visits to many national parks, I did not find anything very special here. The lake vicinity is good with the lodge area, restaurant and the gift shops etc. The rain forest trails are good. We especially enjoyed the trail leading to largest Spruce tree. This tree is really huge and claimed to be the largest Spruce tree in North America. On the way to Lake Quinault area from Olympia, you can witness lot of deforestation, which is not a great view! After visiting Lake Quinault area, we took a westward drive towards Ocean city and visited one of the finest beach on Pacific ocean.
Overall, if you are not from Seattle vicinity, this isn't the place you want to specifically choose to go. If you have lot of time and if you cover other attractions in the area, then lake Quinault is a good place to spend some time. Otherwise, you may be better off taking a northern loop of Olympic national park.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

One of our favorite redwood hikes. Beautiful, easy, and nicely interpreted. Lovely rain forest. Easy to get to.

Thank Helen R
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

We drove down to the lake, an stopped with a small walk t the edge - you could hear a pin drop, it was so quiet, Lake Quinault was near to Big Hotel - Quinault I think.

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

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.

Thank Penny E
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