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.

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5 days ago

Beware!! There must have been a windstorm or something that knocked down many trees that completely block the trail. Not small ones either. There is a humongous fallen tree that cannot be passed underneath and must be scrambled over. Extremely dangerous for children and those unsteady on their feet. The ranger station was closed by the time I finished so I was unable to make them aware. The trail should be closed in order for the dangers to be cleared

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9 days ago

Beautiful, easy trail. In the winter the entire 1 mile stretch along the lake is either flooded or covered in driftwood. you have to walk along the road for this section. The gorgeous rainforest and cedar bog are worth it though. Wear good waterproof boots as some areas are 1-2" deep streams or standing water.

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muddy
26 days ago

easy beautiful

muddy
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

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washed out
2 months ago

We hiked the trail yesterday from parking lot. The first part of the loop was great, lots of beautiful trail. However, after crossing the road at about 2.8 miles in, the trail was covered by water and not passable. The lake level is too high. We had to walk along the road for about 1 mile to return to the parking lot. Not too bad of a detour though. Still worth it!

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3 months ago

Nice and easy, well maintained.

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5 months 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!

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bugs
5 months ago

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6 months ago

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

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6 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.

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6 months ago

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

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6 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 :)

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7 months ago

Awesome trail!!

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7 months ago

Nice short trail fine for a 4 year old.

7 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.

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7 months ago

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

bugs
7 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.

7 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.

8 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 ☺

8 months ago

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

8 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.

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muddy
8 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.

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9 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.

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