Quinault Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Quinault, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.8 miElevation gain367 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlife
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A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Olympic National Forest Quilcene Ranger Station 295142 U.S. 101 South Quilcene, WA 98376 Tel: 360.765.2200

From Forks, south on U.S. 101 to South Shore Road. Turn left and drive 1.5 miles to the trailhead on the right side of the road.

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Malcolm Featonby
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Great little hike for the family with fur children.

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David Counley
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A few muddy patches, lots of newly sprouted skunk cabbage and clovers in early April. Minor possessive bees, easy to get away from, but overall beautiful and just the right amount of ups and downs.

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Chris Coon
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We did this on 4/4. It was a beautiful day and made the lake really nice, it’s a good nature trail. We did it with an 8 month old in the pack, not too hard and good distance. Falls were cool.

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Dylan Payne
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Great!
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mary melink
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Well maintained trail though old growth forest. Beautiful hike.

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Hannah Phillips
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Beautiful hike to get views of the lake, forest and river. Highly recommend.

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David Lee
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Nice trail.

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Megan West
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One of my favorite trails. The only part that was difficult to traverse was the last part of the trail along the lake. There was drift wood all over that we had to climb over and there were pieces of metal sticking up out of the ground. It’s doable, but if you have a child or someone who doesn’t have good balance, just give them extra attention. This is such a great trail and to see all the driftwood and downed trees still there a year later was disappointing. I still HIGHLY recommend!!

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Kiersten Presley
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lots and lots of logs down by the water. we stopped 15million times for photos on my husband phone but this waswonderful!!

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Quinn Andrus
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Today, Jan 23, the lake front part of the trail is best avoided. Lots of trees and logs across the trail. Its slippy and hard for the doggos. Not just one spot, all along. Enjoy the lake shore by the lodge. The rest of the trail was a pleasure.

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Jonathan Keene
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Beautiful hike, lots of wonderful fuzzy trees. Quite a bit of fallen trees on the trail. Muddy in spots. Totally worth it!

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Ella Enchanted
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Beautiful day in the rainforest! The loop trail is always a great option for a quick and easy jaunt outdoors. But a few heads up on trail conditions: 1. The lake side of the trail is passable, but there is an excessive amount of debris and trees on the trail. Not difficult, but be aware. 2. If you follow the map for the full rainforest loop you’ll have to double back. There is a large downed tree that covers the trail and makes it difficult to even see where the trail picks back up. Instead, at the junction take the right follow the map to the “big tree” if you want that experience. Then, double back to the junction and take the indicated rainforest loop trail. This does meet up with the intended map route.

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Bettina Clowry
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Did the loop today (1/2/2021) in pooring rain. It is a beautiful trail and well kept for the most part but it was really really wet. We all got soaked, even inside of our waterproof shoes when we had to cross a part where the water was ankle deep with no way around it. Otherwise an easy trail.

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Julián Arnaud
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It was gorgeous. As always, quite wet and muddy. The paths are all well marked. The lake front part of the trail was very flooded on 12/31/20. We saw a trail runner do a part of it and it seemed about 2 feet deep almost. We chose to take the road back to the trailhead. Note that there are parts that you are walking on road, not off it, due to how marrow it is at parts.

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Austin Drake
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kaholoas .
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Near perfect chill winter hike. The only fault is that the lake walk at the end is flooded about half way along. It is impassable, so plan to skip it and do the road walk (or go take a peek before doing the road walk).

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Frank Meza
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C Edwards
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Easy peaceful walk with lovely views

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Top Rad
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great hike! started out rainy, but then rain stopped, sun came out!

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Ying Bao Tang
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Anne Liedtke
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Absolutely beautiful trail! Gorgeous from beginning to end.

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Joseph Manlegro
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David Adams
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A superb trail! Old growth trees, dense mossy undergrowth, historic lodge, lake front, and all on a exceptionally well maintained trail. It rained our entire hike, yet we enjoyed ourselves tremendously.

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Alexander Nelson
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Justin McClintock
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Nice trail in the Quinault area. Links to several other trails to shorten or lengthen your hike. Well maintained and not much elevation. Good for kids.

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Jillian Bachhal
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Karen Buskirk
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Awesome trail, Beautiful. Forests, streams and waterfalls. One section with downed trees which was hard climb over and difficult to find trail on other side. But doable.

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Taylor Mosley
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Beautiful green nature throughout!! Be prepared for up and down. My calves are sore today but I also haven’t hiked in awhile. Overall loved the trail and scenery. Does need better signs to make trails more obvious because there are multiple trails attached so be careful not to go to far if you are not sure

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flash gordon
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Did this loop twice, it was so beautiful. Easy to walk trail, great rainforest hike. Regret not walking it a third time!

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