Points of Interest

 *Visit the Recreation page for information about all recreation opportunities on the forest.

Points of Interest Vicinity Map

Olympic National Forest Day Use/Points of Interest Map. Click to see larger image.This map displays facilities, activities, and sites that you won’t want to miss while visiting Olympic National Forest.

Olympic National Forest Supervisors Office

Located just off of Highway 101 on Black Lake Boulevard, the Visitor Center is open year round. Informational brochures, maps, and numerous books are available to visitors in the interpretive sales area. The office is closed on weekends. Public restrooms are available.

High Steel Bridge

From Highway 101 north of Shelton, take the Skokomish Valley Road for 5 miles to Forest Service (FS) Road #23. Go 2.4 miles to FS Road #2340, and follow it for another 2.4 miles. The High Steel Bridge spans the South Fork of the Skokomish River at a height of 420 feet. It was originally built as a logging railroad bridge in 1929.

Hamma Hamma Area

Take Highway 101 to Forest Service Road #25, located north of Hoodsport. FS Road #25 provides a beautiful scenic drive with views of both Mount Skokomish and The Brothers Wilderness areas. Hiking opportunities include Lena Lake and other nearby trails. The Living Legacy Interpretive Trail winds up the hill from Hamma Hamma Campground, past the Old Guard Station built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). Be sure to read the interpretive signs, which describe the history of the CCC at Olympic National Forest.

Interrorem Nature Trail

Take Highway 101 north of Hoodsport to Forest Service Road #2510, otherwise known as the Duckabush Road. Travel four miles to the historic Interrorem cabin. Casual hikers will enjoy a well maintained 1/4 mile loop Nature Trail with signs that intrepret the historic cabin, which was built in 1907.  An abundance of ferns and mosses provide a lush understory of plants in the nearby stand of conifer trees.  Toilet facilities are availabe at the trailhead as well as in the nearby Collins Campground.  A valid Recreation Pass is required at the trailhead for day use.

Seal Rock Campground, Picnic Site and Salt Water Beach

This beautiful campground is located just north of Brinnon on Highway 101.  Seal Rock is one of the few Forest Service campgrounds located next to salt water! It  offers beach access for seasonal oyster and clam harvesting, nature trails, bicycling, swimming, boating, beachcombing, bird watching, picnicking and camping. Two self-guided interpretive trails describe the natural and cultural history of the area.

Mt. Walker View Point

The Mount Walker Viewpoint is located 4.1 miles off of Highway 101, between Brinnon and Quilcene. The summit of Mount Walker is 2,804 feet above sea level.  From this location, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Puget Sound and Seattle.  The Mount Walker parking lot is accessible to vehicles in the spring, summer, and fall months.  From the parking lot, hikers can follow a short loop trail to spectacular views.  More adventuresome hikers may want to take the 2-mile trail from the bottom of the mountain to the top. The road is steep and not recommended for vehicles pulling trailers.

Quilcene Office-Hood Canal Ranger District

The Quilcene office for the Hood Canal Ranger District is located on Highway 101 in Quilcene. The visitor center offers a wide selection of informational handouts, maps, and books in the interpretive sales area. Public restrooms are available.

Mount Muller Trail

This 13-mile loop trail offers exhilarating views of Mount Olympus, Lake Crescent, and the Sol Duc Valley.  Seasonal wildflowers are also spectacular at this location. Maps of the area can be obtained at the Pacific Ranger District office in Forks.  A valid Recreation Pass is required for day use.

Kloshe Nanitch Lookout Site

This is the site where the historic Kloshe Nanitch Fire Lookout, built in the 1920’s, sat perched on a craggy point.  The lookout no longer exists, but visitors can still enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area, including expansive views of the Olympics and Lake Crescent.  The road is steep and not recommended for vehicles pulling trailers.

Quinalt Office- Pacific Ranger District 

The Quinault Office for the Pacific Ranger District is located on the South Shore Road at Lake Quinault. The visitor center offers a wide selection of informational handouts, maps, and books in the interpretive sales area. Personnel from both Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park are available to answer questions about the surrounding area. Public restrooms are available during business hours.

Lake Quinalt and Rain Forest Nature Trail

Beautiful Lake Quinault is nestled in a temperate rain forest.  Quinault is also the setting for  the historic Quinault Lodge, picturesque cabins, and several campgrounds that are available to visitors on a first come, first served basis. While in the area, be sure to stroll along the popular 1/2 mile Quinault Rain Forest Interpretive Nature Trail to learn about the temperate rain forest.  This trail connects with the 4-mile Quinault Loop Trail, offering a hike through the rain forest and along the lake.   A Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass (Annual, Senior, or Access) is required to park at trailhead.  Day Passes are available at the trailhead.

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Wynoochee Lake and Dam

From Route 12 on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula, turn north on the Wynoochee Valley Road, located one mile west of Montesano. Continue 35 miles to the Wynooche Lake and Dam.  This area offers opportunities for picnicking, hiking, camping, boating, fishing, and swimming.  Hikers may explore the 12-mile loop trail that circles the lake, or the Working Forest Nature Trail- a short interpretive walk next to the popular Coho campground.

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Points of Interest, Printable Documents (PDF)

Points of Interest

Facilities

Activities

Ranger District

Kloshe Nanitch
(PDF file)

 

Lookout viewpoint, toilet

Hiking, scenery

Pacific

Lena Lake
(PDF file 72 K)

Fire rings and compost toilet at Lena Lake

Hiking, fishing and scenery

Hood Canal

Merriman Falls
(PDF file 72 K)

 

None

Scenery

Pacific

Mt. Walker Viewpoint
(PDF file 56 K)

 

Tables and toilets

Scenery

Hood Canal

Mountain Biking
(PDF file 48 K)

 

Trails

Mountain biking, scenery

Hood Canal

Mushroom Picking
(PDF file 48 K)

 

None

Mushroom gathering (Please see “Special Forest Products” for permit requirements)

Hood Canal & Pacific

Olympic Rain Forest
(PDF file 64 K)

 

Nature trail, toilet, and picnic tables

Hiking, boating and nature study

Pacific

Quinault National Recreation Trail System
(PDF file 1.52 MB)

 

Trails

Hiking and scenery

Pacific

Quinault Valley Touring & Hiking
(PDF file 1.57 MB)

 

Camping, trails

Hiking and scenery

Pacific

Waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula
(PDF file 64 K)

 

Trails, toilets and parking, available at various locations.

Hiking and scenery

Hood Canal & Pacific

Wild Berry Picking
(PDF file 32 K)

None

Berry picking

Hood Canal & Pacific