There are so many places to hike around the lake, all of them providing something unique and beautiful. One of the easier trails, but certainly one with lots to offer is the Rain Forest Nature trail. It begins soon after you enter the south shore area. Large trees, moss, waterfalls. It was quiet and peaceful. Other popular trails are the Falls...more
The South Shore of Lake Quinault is National Forest, and the North Shore is a remote part of the Olympic National Park. The lake itself is owned by the Quinault Indian Tribe. The single National Park Ranger who occupies the small visitor center on the North Shore has to enjoy the solitary life. In the summer guided tours of Maple Grove and the Big...more
The drive around the lake is essential. There are waterfalls, mountain views, dirt roads leading to major hikes into Olympic National park and its peaks. And on the north shore you will find the small park visitors center, old homestead, largest, and oldest Cedar tree and the most perfect picnic place (July Creek,,, one of the top 10 for sure). It...more
We didn't eat here. There are very few places to chose from, and we heard this was the best. We camped though and ate from our own grill.
I approached a Forest Ranger at Quinault Lake and asked him where I would most likely see a bear - the look he gave me suggests that I must have been the only nut who's ever actually gone looking for them. He pointed me in the direction of the Quinault Lodge where I asked the only person I could find the same thing. Before I knew it, a staff member plonked a glass of beer down infront of me. It took a pad and pen to sort out the difference between the Aussie 'beer' and American 'bear'.
Be careful even when taking the easier short hikes around the main lodges. The weather changes quick and you can find yourself drenched before you know it. Some bridges will be knocked out following spring thaws and there are plenty of signs advising this at the trail heads but beware that if you decide to ford a creek, it may be a river by the...more
For tourists and casual hikers not familiar with living/ moving about in bear country:A local informed me that bears and cougars (especially in Spring when they have youngsters) are particularly sensitive to perfumes found in soaps, shampoos and deoderants and you may find yourself receiving more attention than you ever intended. Pay particular...more
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You can rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboat or powered boat from the Quinault Lodge. Grab a map and take about 3 hours to explore the edges of this glacier fed lake. I've been told that at certain times of the year, you can see bears and elk near the water's edge at the upper end of the lake. Also brilliant photo opportunities from the middle of the lake. You can even use your own kayaks in here but you need a permit.