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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 Quinault rain forest was unlike anything we had seen in past travels. We enjoyed the loop drive on a rainy day. It was beautiful. It was also a lot less crowded than the Hoh rainforest. We did one...  more »
  • We found the Lake pretty unexciting. There are only very close access to the Lake, he looks not particularly interesting. Not many parking spaces. The log cabin-style lodges. Must you not have.
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  • We stopped off at the lodge in the picturesque village for coffee. From the outside the lodge is stunning and the wildlife fascinating . We were fascinated by the woodpeckers and the chipmunks. The lo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This place is gorgeous! Booked as the gateway to the Olympic National Forest, it does credit to it's billing. The lodge is monumental, the lake breathtaking... the feel is "President Eisenhower having lunch on the back lawn as the ladies, dressed in voluminous skirts, play croquet on the lawn." We stayed in the nearby RV park but drove over to enjoy the lodge. We were greeted every morning by postcard sunrises. World's largest Sitka Spuce in next door and we even managed a picture of Sasquatch! Only regret was having to move on; A definite must see.
  • good place to camp and stay
  • Beautiful lake
  • One of the best places in Washington
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