Lake Quinault & Quinault Rain Forest | Olympic Peninsula

Lake Quinault & Quinault Rain Forest

Lush. Mysterious. Amble through a valley of towering trees and experience a dazzling glacier-fed lake.

Pack your sense of awe and adventure. From forest to lakeshore, the theme here is water.

Merriman Falls at Lake Quinault

Thanks to a hefty dose of annual rainfall, this enchanting region of the Olympic Peninsula is home to six record-setting giants—the largest western red cedar, Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, yellow cedar, mountain hemlock and western hemlock trees.

Opt for vigorous trails or family-friendly hikes under a rain-forest canopy or take in a scenic loop drive to get close to centuries-old trees, waterfalls and wildlife that will blow your mind.

The deep-blue waters of Lake Quinault offer water and shoreline adventure. It’s an ideal spot to pitch camp or set yourself up in a historic lodge that’s a National Parks treasure.

Map of Olympic Peninsula Destination Area


  • Kestner Homestead & Maple Glade trail

  • Lake Quinault

  • Lake Quinault Museum

  • Quinault Rain Forest Loop Drive

  • Valley of the Rain Forest Giants

  • Waterfall tours



  • Quinault Rain Forest Bike Ride: June

  • Rain Forest Mushroom Festival: October

Stories FROM Lake Quinault & Quinault Rain Forest

July Creek Picnic Area—Panoramic lake views that will astound

September 5, 2018

Take a scenic respite at July Creek Picnic Area. You’ll find one the best vantage points in the Quinault Valley, a natural wonderland and gateway to alpine meadows, turquoise waters and ice-carved peaks. Home to majestic Roosevelt elk, record-breaking trees, …

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