Quinault area


Mystic forest in the Quinault area, Courtesy Larry Workman-QIN

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.

Camp or stay in the historic lodge along the shores of Lake Quinault and hike within the Quinault National Recreational Trail System. Hike within Colonel Bob Wilderness or along the West Fork Humptulips Trail.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Aberdeen, Forks
Information Center: Pacific Ranger District, Quinault Office

General Information


From Aberdeen, WA travel north on US Highway 101 for 45 miles to the junction of South Shore Road. Turn right (east) and drive 2.5 miles to the Quinault Office.

General Notes:


Quinault Lodge lawn and Quinault Loop Trail information board.

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.

Rain Forest Nature Trail along Willaby Creek.

The accessible Rain Forest Nature Trail is family-friendly and includes interpretive signs highlighting the rain forest’s unique features

 Mossy section of West Fork Trail, Courtesy Larry Workman-QIN.

Access the backcountry along the West Fork of the Humptulips River on the West Fork Humptulips Trail. Climb into rugged temperate rainforest within Colonel Bob Wilderness for a spectacular view of Lake Quinault.

 Falls Creek walk-in camp site.

Falls Creek Campground, Willaby Campground, Gatton Creek Campground, all located on the shores of Lake Quinault,  make ideal base camps for exploring the Quinault area.

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