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Quinault Loop National Recreation Trail #854

Intermediate

Trail

3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 430' 131 m
Descent: -429' -131 m
High: 522' 159 m
Low: 222' 68 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

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An excellent opportunity to view the Olympic temperate rainforest and Quinault Lake.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Gentle grades and a manageable length make this hike a viable option for families with children. Children will love passing through the mystical undergrowth of the temperate rainforest.

A NW Forest Pass or a Golden Passport is required on each vehicle parked at trailheads. Day & Annual NW Passes are available at Forest Service offices and vendors.

Overview

This trail parallels Quinault Lake with views of the water and surrounding areas before extending deep into the Olympic Rain Forest.

Description

This loop trail begins at the Quinault Rain Forest Trailhead. In a short distance from the trailhead, go left at the trail junction and hike downhill (under the road bridge) to cross a trail bridge over Willaby Creek before entering Willaby Campground. Walk the lower campground road to a junction with the trail near the shore of Quinault Lake.

Follow the trail along Quinault Lake, walking past the Lake Quinault Lodge before arriving at Falls Creek Campground. Follow the trail along the edge of campground and Falls Creek to the South Shore Road. Cross road to continue on the loop trail. Walk 0.5 mile to trail junction, stay right and continue 0.5 mile to junction with Lodge Trail. Stay left and walk 0.6 mile to the junction with Willaby Creek Trail. Stay right and continue the loop trail 1.1 miles back to the Quinault Rain Forest Trail #855 Trailhead completing the loop.

Flora & Fauna

Dense old-growth conifer forest with lush understory of rainforest vegetation.

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Dec 6, 2019
Lee Stafford
Jul 31, 2019
Pinky Bandit
Combined this hike with the Gatton Creek Trail.
Jul 22, 2019
Sarah Peters
Such a beautiful hike!! Perfect way to celebrate our 13th anniversary!! 4mi — 1h 46m
Jul 19, 2019
Tom Low
Jun 24, 2019
Kristin Horton
Apr 27, 2019
Tim T
Beautiful hike. Diverse trail types. Pet and family friendly. — 9h 30m
Mar 31, 2019
Mark Hutt
Beautiful sunny day 3.6mi — 2h 00m
Oct 13, 2018
Dörthe Ge

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  4.3 from 14 votes

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Gatton Creek Trail
Feb 25, 2015 near Aberdeen, WA

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