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
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Stop 1: 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 Largest Spruce Tree
Why? Because large trees are awesome. Plus, seeing the specifications will make this even more impressive.
(LOOK FOR ELK!)
Stop 3: 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
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
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
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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