This is a short ride, designed to ensure plenty of time to explore the temperate rain forest environment that makes this area so unique. If you rode right past the roads to the Elwha, Solduc, and Hoh River Valleys, do not miss this opportunity to regenerate your mental and physical energies with a walk through the fertile forests around Quinault Lake. The greens are intensely pervasive. Noise is muted by the vegetation. The feeling of growth and vitality permeates the air.
It’s a wonderfully healthy break from the dirt and grime of the road. Leaving the coast, US 101 turns southeast, heading inland through miles of forest and logging clearings. Without views or other points of interest, this is a good section to just cover some miles. Shoulders are just barely adequate and the terrain is gently rolling. The day’s ride ends back in Olympic National Park at a campground at the edge of Quinault Lake. This is a rain forest area, with lush, green forests, fern-filled canyons, and moss-covered trees. At the end of the mileage log is a tour guide to the Quinault area.
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