Encompassing a canopy of ancient Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, western red cedar, and western hemlocks this area showcases ancient temperate rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula. Towering giant trees cloak the fern and moss laden forest floor in an ecosystem that contains more biomass per acre than any other forest type.
Nearly 10 miles of interconnected trails make up the Quinault National Recreational Trail System. Several interconnected loop trails lead from campgrounds, Lake Quinault Lodge and Rain Forest Village along crystal creeks and scenic lakeshore, through old growth forest to cedar bogs, giant trees, and waterfalls.
The accessible Rain Forest Nature Trail is family-friendly and includes interpretive signs highlighting the rain forest’s unique features
Access the backcountry along the West Fork of the Humptulips River on the West Fork and Colonel Bob trail systems. Climb into rugged temperate rainforest within Colonel Bob Wilderness for a spectacular view of Lake Quinault.