Explore the most popular camping trails near Quinault with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

22 hours ago

Did this first thing in the morning so it was very quiet and secluded. Informative signage explaining how the rain forest worked and why it was there.

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.

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.

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27 days ago

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

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
1 month ago

The scenery was gorgeous! Rainforest meets Washington. There was only 2 other people out there. The trails are narrow, enough for a single line of hikers but the path is worn for easy to follow travel. There are some areas with fallen trees to climb over which was fun!
We ran into a bunny being chased by a weasel!

The falls though are right off the road before you get to trail head. If you just go to see the falls, start there instead of at the trailhead. But the trail has amazing small rock rivers to see.

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1 month ago

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

Came here on 09/10 in the afternoon. Lots of people in the parking lot but once on the trail we didn’t run into people too often. Hoh Rainforest was closed (I was devastated) so we came here needing to see some sort of rainforest. I guess I just don’t know what I’m missing but this short hike was amazing. There are giant old growth trees everywhere and the rainforest climate is just fascinating. You actually can feel how everything is just living and breathing. We started to do the larger loop but it sort of left what we were loving about the hike ( turned into just a regular flat trail with not a lot of character) so we turned back and finished the small loop instead.

We did it last week in 3 days. Be ready for rain always on this hike. If you are prepared, it’s awesome! We had a late start, 2:45, and ended at O’neil with plenty of light - bear wire is in-op here so don’t count on it or bring twine or the recommended canister. Tip - there is no privy at Pytrites. At least at O’Neil you have some cover and a place to go without digging or being rained on. Enchanted Valley is great, we were mid-week so it was not crowded. No wild life presented itself besides the slug eating beetles. But, the waterfalls are going off! Take time to explore here. We explored, opting to hike out in one day. It’s 13-14 miles to punch out but easy ups/downs make it not too bad. I do train outside of hiking to do this. I am well over 50 and got my but kicked in the past trying to hike when out of shape. Stay strong!

Beautiful part of a bigger loop. Lush rainforest is magical to behold.

September 2018. We split the hike into four days to take it easy. First night we camped at O’Neil Creek but I wish we had pushed on to Pyrites. Second night we walked right past the Enchanted Valley and camped about another mile up the trail. The valley floor itself was just crowded and brushy and not very pretty. The views there were nice but all the camping spots were far from the river or wet and grassy with little cover. Overall it was a nice hike and my first time in a temperate rainforest. I wasn’t lucky enough to see any bears or elk. Any problem addressed in older reviews about downed trees blocking the trail are no longer valid. The trail is free of obstacles and well maintained.

lots of downed trees, rocky scrambly patches, not great views but good exercise. ok hike

Awesome backpacking trip with two night stay at the shelter and moonshine flats. Recommend taking the shorter route from Pete’s creek and spending two nights at moonshine. It’s an amazing base camp prior to making the peak run.

This beautiful, easy trail was a great introduction for my family to the Olympics. We visited in late July and found a dry trail with lush green rain forest in every direction.

Absolutely beautiful hike, stunning views, difficult at times, even saw a black bear in the valley!

Great easy trail as a warm up and to learn about all the local nature via posted signs.

Never got to the waterfalls as the trail disintegrated.

Great views, fantastic river and amazing location to camp! With unbelievable wildlife. Enjoy and be safe.

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

Great short distance yet moderately challenging hike. :)

This was just about 14 miles from the trail head (itself a 45 drive from the Quinault Ranger Station) to the chalet in the Enchanted Valley. It’s up and down and in the woods or on the river bank the entire way until you finally break into the valley and can glimpse just a bit of a snow-capped peak beyond the fairytale chalet. We were hiking at a steady clip with one nights worth of gear and made it in just 5 hours one way (pretty damn fast). The valley was beautiful to camp in, plenty of trees for my hammock, and cold glacial river right there. Overall the trail wasn’t as exciting as I’d have hoped for all the distance covered. Next time I’ll try northern part of the park for more Ridge lines and views.

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4 months ago

First things first, this is a 17 mile in and out hike, not 13. Multiple gps devices confirm this to be true. There is a shorter trail called Pete’s Creek Trail that will get you to the summit in half the time & effort. You do not need a pass for this hike.

This is a steep trail. I would classify it as hard, not moderate. It starts in a lush rainforest thicket with copious amounts of shade, moss and the occasional massive tree. The trail increasingly becomes rough around the edges. This means: fallen trees, rocky & loose gravel and occasionally overgrown with berry bushes, ferns & other plants. You descend to a dry creek bed and then scale the side of a mountain only to descend the other side into into a lovely meadow full of wildflowers.

After the meadow you begin your ascent to the summit. This is steep, often rocky and includes a stream with some campsites.

The summit is stellar. 360 view that includes Quinault Lake, Mt. Rainier, & Mt. Olympus.

The descent is a bit hard on the knees & feet.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

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4 months ago

Muddy, overgrown trail with lots of loose rocks and fallen trees. We were warned by other hikers about a beehive near the end, but turned around before we reached it. It's a quiet and scenic hike, but I've never slipped and tripped so much on a trail before, and can't say I really enjoyed it. Take poles and your sturdiest waterproof boots!

Terrain was pretty rough and there was overgrowth in a few places, poles would definitely be good to have. It was very quiet though, and a nice little hike.

I’ve grown up here in WA my whole life and they took us out here on a field trip back when I was in 2nd grade. I’ve seen this place many times but it never gets old! Great for all ages, beautiful trail and well maintained! My daughter loves it!

4 months ago

Great hike! Little much for a quick day trip I recommend you take Pete’s Creek if you want to save time. The campsites near the summit are awesome take advantage and make it a overnight. The Salmon Berries and nettles are thick right now but very little snow on the summit:).

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4 months ago

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.

Good overall hike. Not too many people which was nice. Once you get down to the creek towards the end things can get hairy, as thick & thorny vegetation encompasses either side of the trail. Once we finally saw the waterfall we had to traverse across a large fallen down tree to get to the landing area where everyone was hanging out.

I did this trail on 6/14 to 6/16. Awesome scenery, full of green and water sources (the hike follows Quinalt River), so you don't have to take any water with you just the bottle with your filtration system. Bear canisters were required but available for free at the Ranger Station. We did 10 miles in the first day and
camped at Pyrite Campsite, by the river. Very pleasant site. It had a rock-fire-pit and some "tree-benches" to sit on. following day we hiked 4 miles to get to the valley. At the valley there are 2 very raw outpost restrooms around the chalet. didn't rain at all despite weather forecast saying it would. I really enjoyed this hike and recommend it

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