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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.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 367 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife
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Getting There

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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Geoff Uhlemann
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portion along lake is okay but rest is really nice

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Shelley McCracken
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Hiking

Extremely beautiful! Very ancient moss-draped forest with streams and waterfalls. Not too steep but challenging enough in hot weather. Well shaded and well maintained path.

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Justin Juschka
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Hiking

Solid loop with beautiful views of Lake Quinnault

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David Stewart
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Hiking

Well-maintained trail. Mostly in the shade. A perfect walk for our first afternoon on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Liz Wolter
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Hiking

Nice easy hike with beautiful ferns, mossy trees, waterfalls, huge trees and some of the largest mushrooms I've ever seen.

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Anna A
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Hiking

Not too busy for a Friday morning. Most folks wore masks. Trail was clear and dry.

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Peter Zhong
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HikingGreat!

We did the hike on a Wednesday morning, entered from the parking lot of Rain Forest Nature Loop, and barely met any people along the trail. The rainforest portion of the loop hike was pretty fun, but the 1-mile portion from the Quinault Lodge back to the parking lot had the best view IMO. It was a pretty flat and easy hike all the way.

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Kailin Hu
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HikingGreat!

This is a well-maintained trail, with multiple entry points - across from Quinault Lodge, at the Willaby Campground, or at the bigger parking lot of the Rain Forest Nature Loop. Interesting walk where you get a change of scenery every now and then, including the forest, the old Quinault Lodge, and lake views. Note that you don't need to go through the Lodge, but can find the trail outback of the Lodge. I did spend a few mins at the Lodge, though, reading some of the history. Made for a unique hike!

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Kelly Rice-Reynolds
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Hiking

Great loop of well maintained gorgeous connected trails. Well labeled with maps at each point (if they aren’t torn down that is). We took a photo of the map at the trailhead to be safe. Trailhead was difficult to find. The official trailhead is directly across form Lake Quinault lodge. No parking available there. We continued down South Beach Road and parked just passed the Smokey the bear sign in a small lot on the left hand side. There is a trail map on a board there and two ways to access the trail. Didn’t run into too many people for a gorgeous sunny Saturday afternoon, most were wearing masks.

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David Dion
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Becky Carricaburu
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Hiking

beautiful trail. the people we saw mostly wore masks. it was raining quite a bit, but that was expected. so much old growth! great rain and forest smells and varying terrain and views.

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Victoria Fauria
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Beautifully maintained and well marked. Good for all skill levels

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Jason Neufeld
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Hiking

Great Hike!

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stevielynn charley
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Hiking

A little over grown, lots of bugs.. but overall perfect. Not a lot of ppl wearing masks...

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Daniel Chang
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Hiking

Perfect hike with kid in pack with incredible views of the lake and giant Sitka trees. Highly recommend!

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Ian Piper
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Hiking

Very pleasant, easy hiking, nice way to see the area

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Kara Atkinson
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Starting to get a little overgrown in places, I recommend wearing pants and bringing big spray. Aside from the camp ground and lodge areas I didn’t see anyone else on the trail. My dog loved and I loved it. There’s a little bit of everything packed into this trail. Lake, rivers, small waterfalls, and a temperate rain forest with huge trees. Pretty shaded for most of the route which was nice, but very humid. Bathrooms at all of the campsites and parking areas.

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Peter Schneidler
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Walking

mellow and easy. good for kids. the best part is probably along the lake, which we swam in at the camping area. Gorgeous. Also some nice views along the river, and some monster trees.

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Maddy Bergstrom
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Hiking

Alright, I think this is the hike I accidentally went on today. I was looking to take a shorter walk down the coast and through some of the rainforest, which turned into a much longer venture. Beautiful views nonetheless, I highly recommend grabbing a paper map or tracking your hike on the app. There are some trail markings but some unmarked forks in the trail that could potentially lead to a misstep in your trip. Also.... TONS of bugs! I was not prepared for this. The area is gorgeous! I highly recommend this hike!

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Seleniasinn User
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Hiking

Hiked 7/3/2020 many small waterfalls throughout

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Jennifer Stilwell
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Hiking

Great morning walk!

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Abby June
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Chris Pritchard
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Hiking

Great trail that is well maintained. The only issue may have been flies. They were flying around us any time we stopped. We actually started at the trailhead for the rainforest loop which is much shorter but it was easy to figure out where to go. Very diverse, going from walking right beside the lake to up into the forest. Not too much of a challenge with the elevation. Not a wide enough trail to easily keep your distance when passing others and only about 30% of other hikers had a mask on or covered their face when passing. Otherwise this is a beautiful trail!

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Rebecca Mabius
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Hiking

6.13.20 the trail was not closed. Myself and several others completed the loop trail. This is an absolutely well taken care of trail. Gravel, boardwalk along the bog, and erosion measures are taken to keep the hikers safe. Beautiful foliage, flora, and fauna. I love ferns so I was in paradise.

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Paula Bird
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Love this hike. Trail is completely cleared of downed trees

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Tosha Rodriguez
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Courtney Yaggi
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Hiking

Currently lots of logs on the trail in some places near the lake. Otherwise a beautiful, easy hike!

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Suzanne Rohrback
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Beautiful and very easy to navigate! Tons of trees down in some parts that required lots of scrambling, but nothing very difficult

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