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Quinault Loop Trail

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Quinault Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 367 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice and easy, well maintained.

hiking
1 month ago

A rain forest experience with something for everyone. It is not as accessible as is touted, so if you are in a wheelchair, bring crutches if you have that option or a strong pusher and stick to the .5 mi nature trail route. That said, let me start by giving info where others allude. Many state the trail is easy to confuse but don't explain. The trail is well marked once you are on it, just know your goals and stick to the plan or be willing to walk a bit on the road back to your car. I have spent the past two weeks on some confusing trails so I went to check in at the ranger station ahead of time. Do you ever get the sense they are just messing with you? I have found amazing rangers who want to ensure you will feel safe and have an incredible interaction with nature and some who just want you to interact according to nature's whim. There's a trail! I'm asking for help so I can use it! With a vague wave in the general direction of the parking lot I was told to pick up the trail outside the visitor's center and that it was well marked. Was that a smirk? I dunno....but yes, it was. So here's the deal. If you park in the visitors center stare at the main building (the one you can go into to get smirked at), look to your left and start to walk that way and just to your right you'll see the trail head. It descends to a bridge. Don't cross it! Or do, take a look at the creek below and go back. Or if you need the bathroom it is right on the other side of the bridge. There is a trail just before the bridge that will take you to cross the road. There begins the loop you are seeking. You will pass waterfalls--several of which you hear but do not really get a good look at. So see with your ears and it's a great hike. Think like Dora and these are your goals: cascade falls, cedar bog, Willaby creek, nature trail under the road to the lakeside trail. This will get you the four miles or so promised. It ends when you walk into the back yard of hte Quinault Lodge, where it looks like Roosevelt should be reclining with a pipe. Cut through the parking lot back to the visitors center and your car. For a Washingtonian the elevation gains and losses are no big deal. If you're from western Tennessee you will have other thoughts. Either way you will see runners getting their cardio in, elderly and small children meandering, and middle aged people like me doing whatever you call it that we do to get from one place to the next. Fresh air, lots of canopy for shade or rain protection, and an even soft trail to tread on make for a great morning outside. Enjoy!

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Interesting to see the growth of the trees over the years!

hiking
3 months ago

A delightful and relatively easy trail that features a beautiful lake, waterfalls, wild flowers and a cedar bog. The trail was well kept, and dog friendly. We did stop afterwards by the lodge for lunch. Not too far is the Great Spruce tree.

hiking
3 months ago

Very short, but very convenient as well! Right accros the lodge

hiking
3 months ago

An easy trail with some incline. The flowers along the lake are gorgeous, and the winding river is beautiful. Took less than two hours to complete. Lots of berries along the trail ready for snacking :)

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail!!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice short trail fine for a 4 year old.

4 months ago

Great trail for kids and people with some disabilities. There are some hill climbs, but not real bad. Relaxing with some nice little water falls. Signage could be a little clearer where trails split.

hiking
4 months ago

Nothing more beautiful than this gem in the hidden misty mountains! Loved this hike from start to finish. Just wonderful.

bugs
4 months ago

Quiet trail. Good pictures after rain, good lake views. After middle trail is becoming a bit boring imho. If you are looking calm place without crowds - its exact one. Better alternative (need to pay) - Hoh rain forest trail. Its shorter and more interesting objects / 1 mile.

4 months ago

It's a little weird along the lake because you feel like you're walking through people's backyards, but across the road when you get out there, there are lots of creeks ans bridges and the water is super clear.

4 months ago

we come here every chance we can especially when the sun is out ... spectacular views, well maintained trails, clean crisp air and sparkling waters ... that's heaven to me ☺

5 months ago

needs updated signs. One can easily go onto a short cut but it's all so beautiful.

5 months ago

Willaby campground has a great lake view. When you're by falls creek campground go over to site 20 behind there is a hidden gem of a water fall. Hike also has a rainforest that is really cool.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Beautiful trail in the Olympic National Forest. Great for pictures, bird watching, and waterfalls. some elevation gain, but relatively easy of a hike. Trail goes through a campground near the lake, then continues. There are restrooms near the campground, a picnic table and coal BBQ on the trail clockwise from the lake, and benches scattered throughout the trail to rest. The Mercantile on the road near the start has hiking and camping supplies, food and water.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful lake views. Amazing plants and insects in the rainforest section. Not too challenging but many trails branching off, so easy to take a wrong turn or chop a section off.

6 months ago

only did part of this trail as debris from logs blocked access at multiple points. very nice view of the lake, cottages, and fauna

7 months ago

Very manageable and worth the time! Old growth and rain forest environment. Rained the entire time and did not diminish our experience at all. Our stay at the Lodge was great! Try The Salmon House for dinner, well worth it and somewhat less expensive than the Lodge. An awe inspiring Park to explore!!

walking
9 months ago

Beautiful walk.

11 months ago

This is a wonderful hike up around the big trees and river with some waterfalls. We really enjoyed a hike that was a little less vertical and a slower pace to look at cool mushrooms and very green moss and ferns. The loop down by the lake had water over it and we had to wade through it. so I say take the road back to the lodge.

11 months ago

I don’t know what on Earth would possess someone to rate this trail at anything less than 5 stars. It was the most wondrous place my wife and I have ever been. I’ve been to Zion, Acadia, Mt. Hood, etc. For my taste, this is the best there is.

hiking
11 months ago

A well-maintained trail with a nice view of Lake Quinault.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Excellent option when the Hoh was closed down. Still get a good flavor of rainforest on a very easy trek. Dog friendly, on leash of course.

hiking
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pretty hike. Interactive info panels along the way which were interesting. Id skip the hime along the lake...a bit dull.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Great trail for all and the dogs were allowed. Well maintained and it’s an easy hike for all.

hiking
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Small, quiet, old-growth-y. More walk than hike, it's something to do if hanging at/visting the lodge. Might be a bit tame, but Mee-Maw, Pop-Pops, and even faut Aunt Sharon can do this one with ease.

hiking
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A very beautiful trail through the forest and by the shore of the gorgeous Lake Quinault. Loop starts and ends very close to the Lake Quinault Lodge, and yet it feels like wilderness. There are many route options and directions to choose from while you are walking the trail, depending on whether you prefer a longer or shorter hike and what you'd like to see. The different trails intersect and there are arrows to direct you to the different sites and routes. It is quite a popular trail. You can see several waterfalls along the way, many enormous, tall trees, and you cross the river many times by crossing the many wooden bridges that have been constructed. The trail is very well maintained. Many good views of the lake.

Monday, May 21, 2018

didn't do this exact trail and cheated a bit. Went north of the trail over the bridge is quick access to the falls. smarter not harter

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