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Olympic National Park: Lake Quinault Loop

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

 

Quinault Lake Loop

The loop around Lake Quinault is beautiful. With views of elk, salmon, waterfalls and the majestic Quinault Lake and River, winter on South Shore and North Shore Drive is gorgeous. While it is quite a long drive from Seattle, consider waking up early and coming back late to see the Quinault. With the World’s Largest Spruce Tree, numerous small trails and Merriman Falls within 20 miles of each other, you really can’t miss this region.

AREA HIKES: Irely Lake, Pony Bridge, North Fork Quinault Trail, Quinault Lodge Complex Trail, Colonel Bob

 

 

Need an Itinerary?

 

Stop 1: Lake Quinault Lodge

Lake Quinault Lodge

Lake Quinault Lodge

 

Lake Quinault Lodge

Why? The hikes in this area are simple, family-friendly and gorgeous, plus the Lodge is rad!

 

 

Stop 2: World’s Largest Spruce Tree

World's Tallest Spruce Tree

World’s Tallest Spruce Tree

World's Tallest Spruce Tree

World’s Tallest Spruce Tree

 

World’s Largest Spruce Tree

Why? Because large trees are awesome. Plus, seeing the specifications will make this even more impressive.

 

 

 

 

(LOOK FOR ELK!)

A young bull elk with moss in his antlers

A young bull elk with moss in his antlers

 

 

Stop 3: Merriman Falls

Merriman Falls

Merriman Falls

 

Merriman Falls

Merriman Falls

 

 

Merriman Falls

Why? Located right on the road, this occasionally overlooked falls is a photographer’s dream. Every angle is unique. If you aren’t into sharing awesome pictures on every social platform, this waterfall is impressive just to look at. Getting out of your car is recommended.

 

 

Stop 4: Graves Creek Campground

 

Graves Creek Campground

Graves Creek Campground

Graves Creek Campground

Graves Creek Campground

Graves Creek Camping

Graves Creek Camping

 

 

Graves Creek Campground

Why? At the end of the dirt road, Graves Creek is a great spot to have a lunch and sit next to the Quinault River. From here, hikes leave to Pony Bridge, Enchanted Valley, Anderson Pass and Dosewallips. This is a must explore area with elk and deer frequently seen.

 

 

Stop 5: July Creek

Lake Quinault from July Creek

Lake Quinault from July Creek

Lake Quinault from July Creek

Lake Quinault from July Creek

 

July Creek

Why? With views of Colonel Bob, Lake Quinault and up the Quinault River, this park is amazing. The small trail is wide and family friendly with huge trees, giant ferns and a bridge over a creek. Explore the driftwood along the shore and keep an eye open for Pileated Woodpeckers.

 

 MORE SIGHTS FROM THE DRIVE

 

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

The Lake Quinault Loop Drive

 

 

 

 

REMEMBER

If you are driving or hiking in wintery conditions, please be safe, use caution and always stick to your itinerary. Check Road and Trail Conditions before you go!

 

 

 

 

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