DescriptionNestled among towering conifers on the south shore of Lake Quinault, this resort community is a popular stop for visitors to Olympic National Park and the Olympic National Forest. The area's mild, humid climate supports a lush temperate rain forest; six conifer specimens in the “Valley of the Rain Forest Giants” are recognized as champions by the National Register of Big Trees. A .3-mile walking trail branching off South Shore Road at the east edge of town leads to the world's largest Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis); this 191-foot-tall monarch measures nearly 59 feet in circumference and is estimated to be around 1,000 years old.
The Rain Forest Nature Trail, off South Shore Road at the west end of town, is a half-mile interpretive loop through an old-growth forest of Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar and Sitka spruce. Moss drapes the giant trees and carpets the forest floor, which is crowded with dense growths of sword fern. For information about other area hiking trails and recreational activities contact the Quinault office of the Pacific Ranger District, 353 South Shore Rd., Quinault, WA 98575; phone (360) 288-2525.
Things to SeeLake Quinault Museum