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Quinault Loop National Recreation Trail #854

Intermediate
 4.4 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

94%

Runnable

522' 159 m

High

222' 68 m

Low

430' 131 m

Up

429' 131 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

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

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.

Runner Notes

Watch out for slick roots on this awesome loop.

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 run 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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

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