AAA Editor Notes
Lake Quinault is in the s.w. corner of Olympic National Park and accessible via US 101. The Quinault River rises in the peninsula's interior and flows into 3-mile-long Lake Quinault at an elevation of less than 200 feet above sea level with peaks rising to 4,000 feet surrounding the valley.
Annual rainfall in this region can top 140 inches, which supports a lush temperate rain forest—Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, big-leaf maple and red alder as well as a profusion of mosses, lichens and ferns. The North Shore Road runs east from US 101 along the lake to the Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station, where the half-mile Maple Glade Rain Forest Trail loops through dense woodlands.