Quinault Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Grays Harbor County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Forest. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 201 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 909 feet. The Willaby Creek Campground camp site is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Visitor Center information office, the Lake Quinault Lodge chalet, and the Pacific Ranger District - Quinault Office (elevation 194 feet) public building can be seen along the trail. There are also a pier, grass, and a fuel along the trail.
"Water defines the environment along the Maple Glade Rain Forest Trail. Nestled in one of the three rain-forest areas on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula, you cannot escape the sounds of water, the water’s sculpting of the forest floor, and the small streams that split off in a thousand places only to merge again on their rush downstream to Lake Quinault. Birds and signs of recently passed elk add to the deep greens of Douglas fir, hemlock, maple, and vine maple above and salmonberry, ferns, oxalis, mosses, and lichen below. Habitats: Mixed forest, riparian, freshwater marsh. Specialty birds: Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Band-tailed Pigeon; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Hutton’s Vireo." Read more
"With nearly 10 miles of well-maintained interconnecting paths, the Quinault National Recreation Trails give you options as varied as spring wildﬂowers. The mélange leads to campgrounds, a historical lodge, waterfalls, cedar bogs, giant primeval trees, a scenic lakeshore, and along crystal-clear creeks. The loop described here is one suggestion.
The Quinault Valley left a deep impression on President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he visited here in 1937. It inspired him to protect a good chunk of the adjacent lands within a new national park. It should inspire you too.
This is a partially wheelchair-accessible trail." Read more
"Conveniently located near Lake Quinault Lodge and three busy US Forest Service campgrounds, the trails in the Quinault Rain Forest are heavily used, but they remain well worth hiking, despite the crowds. Here you will discover impressive forests in all stages of development, from smaller secondgrowth trees to massive old-growth giants. The area also includes a couple of attractive fern-lined canyons, two small waterfalls, and lovely shoreline views of one of the largest lakes on the Olympic Peninsula. And all of this can be found along a fun 4-mile loop that can be completed in half a day and is located just a short distance off US 101. Ah, life is good for the hiker around here!" Read more