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Lake Quinault, Quinault

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Lake Quinault is a lake on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington state. It is located in the glacial-carved Quinault Valley of the Quinault River, at the southern edge of Olympic National Park in the northwestern United States. One of the most dominant features of Lake Quinault is being located within the Quinault Rain Forest, a temperate rain forest.Lake Quinault is owned by the Quinault Indian Nation. The area is accessible from U.S. Route 101.Area activities include fishing (with permit from the Quinaults), scenic drives (a loop around the lake is longer than 30mi), and hiking. The southern side of the lake features a system of short hiking trails maintained by the U.S. Forest Service that are accessible to casual day hikers.The southern side of the lake is home to the historic Lake Quinault Lodge and the Rain Forest Resort Village and is encompassed by the Olympic National Forest. The Quinault Loop Trail on the south side of the lake and the nearby Quinault Rain Forest Interpretive Trail connecting campgrounds, trails, and the lodge, with excellent temperate rainforest viewing. Each trail was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1979. The north side of the lake is bordered mainly by private homes and some small resorts located in Olympic National Park.
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  • The lake is truly beautiful and serene. There is plenty of parking nearby. Canada geese were staying on the lake when we visited. There are cabins and a hotel near the lake, to stay longer and enjoy t...  more »
  • I enjoyed an amazing ride around the lake. The fall views are stunning! The largest Sitka spruce, Merriman Waterfall is visible from the road, wooden bridge, dozens of trail loops and an amazing ancie...  more »
  • I'm beyond the age of having little kids, and I think this place would be a great stop for families to let the kiddies out of the car and run around. My visit was in September to avoid crowds. The wea...  more »
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  • I'm not really certain how somebody could give Lake Quinault a one star review. It's one of the most beautiful places on earth. First come, first serve camping. Would go back in a heartbeat.
  • This Lake should be on everyone's bucket list to see. It's surrounded by the largest trees in the world that are over a 1000 years old. The lake was 70° and crystal clear on a hot summer day. I would live here.
  • Great place to hike and spend some time away from the hustle and bustle.
  • Nice quiet calm water behind the largest Sequoia tree in North America
  • Quinalt Lake is a gateway to scenic wonders of the lower Olympic National Park and Forest. Right by the lake a network of pretty walks thru lush forest await you. There is also a huge spruce tree nearby.
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