Quinault Loop Trail

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain909ft
Trailhead Elevation201ft
Elevation Min/Max192/446ft
Elevation Start/End201/201ft

Quinault Loop Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Rainforest Nature Trail and Gatton Creek Trail.

Quinault Loop Trail Professional Guides

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Birding Washington (Falcon Guides)
Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff
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"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
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"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
Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"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

Quinault Loop Trail Reviews

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Trail was a bit overgrown in some areas on the trail, but to be expected in a rain forest. Still passable, machette would have been nice to help clear out trail as you go in these areas but not necessary.
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A must if you are at the Lodge or near the lakeIt offers wide trail well marked and you can meander intothe Wilds of Bob Wilderness. We walked in about 2 hours and the solitude and openess of the surrounds are soothing. You can cut it short and there is a nice waterfall and stream on the way back This is a Kid friendly walk we did it late afternoon and we were alone but for one lone hiker it gets busy on the weekends
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The beginning of trail was a little hard to find. It's by the info board across from the rest rooms. This trail has a lot of variety. From waterfalls and lakes to rainforests. Towards the end we had to climb over/around some fallen trees, but this was easily done.
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This is a great short hike if near quinault area. Very beautiful hike. This hike can also be extended up to 12 miles if wanted. I longer hike takes you along Quinault lake. Very good.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Forest
Nearby City
Olympic National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Additional Use
Olympic National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails Lake Quinault No. 197, Custom Correct Quinault-Colonel Bob
Local Maps

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Dec 2018