While most visitors to Olympic National Park flock to the more established, more famous rainforest of the Hoh River Valley, we here at Exotic Hikes are always striving to find new places for you and your family to explore. That is why we are stoked to give you a chance to explore the Quinault Nature Trail in the Olympic National Forest. At only half a mile long, this loop trail gives more scenic views that the Hall of Mosses Trail and is just as easy and accessible to walk!
The Quinault Rainforest was one of President Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite locations on the Olympic Peninsula, and after hiking here, it is easy to see why. With huge cedars and fir trees, as well as moss-draped Maples, the Quinault Rainforest is one of the most picturesque rainforests in the world. Towering trees stand above the forest floor, covered with ferns as far as the eye can see. Rivers and creeks weave through deep canyons, with blue and greens so intense that it is hard to see definition of individual plants. While this may sound like quite a lot to see on a short day hike, the trail we are describing is only a half a mile long, and needs to be hiked this weekend!
While the Quinault Rainforest Nature Trail Loop isn’t technically in the National Park, the views and the experience will make you think you are miles from the nearest road. Perfect for families, the elderly or just a weekend explorer looking for a good experience, the half mile loop trail gives you a taste of the rainforest, all from a well-maintained trail. While the trail isn’t 100% flat, there are benches all around.
Complete with a paved parking lot, a bathroom and interpretive signs, the Quinault Rainforest Nature Trail Loop is a great introduction to the rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula. While some of you more dedicated hikers may scoff at the short, well-groomed path, do not be fooled by the short distance. Not only can you add more distance by exploring the other local trails of the Quinault Region, but this trail has everything you need for a great photo experience. Plus, being able to take a half mile loop and make it an 8 mile trip is pretty incredible.
With waterfalls, cedar trees that seem to reach to the heavens, picturesque creeks and a gorgeous trail system, come take the trip to the Quinault Rainforest and discover yet another amazing trip for yourself, your family and your friends.
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