Special Places

Wilderness areas

The 1984 Washington Wilderness Act created the five wildernesses on the Olympic National Forest. Together they total 88,265 acres for 14% of the Forest. View information about wilderness areas, trails and what restrictions apply.

Accessible Nature Trails at Olympic National Forest

Nature trails at Olympic National Forest are short trails, usually less than one mile in length, that have signs interpreting unique resources, features and history of the Olympic National Forest. Many nature trails at Olympic National Forest have easy to moderate grades.

Waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula

Find out about some of the waterfalls you can visit on your trip to the Olympic Peninsula.

Highlighted Areas

Quinault National Recreation Trail System

Visitors enjoy views of towering conifers and lush rain forest vegetation within the Quinault Rain Forest. Explore this trail system among ancient Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, western red cedar, and western hemlocks, on the south shore of Lake Quinault. The trails provide an excellent year-round opportunity to view the Olympic Rain Forest. Excellent opportunities for hiking with children, viewing rain forest scenery, bird watching and nature study. 

This system of interconnecting trails provides opportunities for everyone to enjoy the area, there are multiple access points in Quinault such as: Quinault Rainforest Nature TrailQuinault Loop Trail #854Gatton Creek Trail #888 or Wrights Canyon Trail.

To view segments of the trail and learn more explore the Quinault National Recreation Trail System interactive map