Quinault Rainforest Loop

If this is your first trip to the Quinault area, the Quinault Rain Forest Loop is a wonderful choice! It’s an easy and very accessible trail that guides you through a lush temperate rainforest.

Location: Olympic Peninsula, Quinault
Roundtrip: 3.9 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Gain: 500 ft
Rating: ★★★★

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The map above includes several of the other hikes in the area. We’ve highlighted the route we took, but if you’re interested in finding more there is a wonderful Ranger Station near the Inn. They have a binder full of pictures and maps of specific trails and the rangers and volunteers are incredibly helpful!

We’ll also include a (non-highlighted) printable PDF version in the resources below!

If the ranger station is closed you can take a look in the outdoor nook right outside the front door. This area displays area maps and conditions.

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The Rain Forest Loop is a well-maintained trail. Luckily, volunteers work to cut back the forest just enough to keep the trail wide and accessible (it gets grown over so fast!).

There is also a smaller Rain Forest trail that includes interpretive signs and some really neat sights. If you have the time, this little trail is worth the trek!

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The route we took included the Lakeshore Trail. We’ll dive more into that in another post, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send us a message via the Contact page above!

F.Q.A.

Are There Toilets? : Yes. It doesn’t matter where you start the loop- there are bathrooms nearby.

 How about Picnic Tables? : The options here are more limited, but there is a nice cafe in the mercantile!

 Do I Need a Parking Pass? : It depends on where you park. If you park at the ranger station you won’t need a pass, but if you park in the day-use area by the smaller Rain Forest Loop you’ll need a Discovery Pass or a day pass.

 Are Dogs Allowed? : Yes!

Can We Camp Here? : Yes! There are 3 campgrounds on this side of the lake; one of those campgrounds is open year-round

 When is the Best Time to Visit? : Any time! Just make sure to bring your rain gear.

Additional Resources:

NOAA Weather Forecast

Quinault Recreation Trail System Map

Washington Trails Association Link

Reserve a Campsite: Willaby (year-round camping)

Happy Trails!


 

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