Quinault River Valley in Washington

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Quinault Valley

The Quinault Valley Rainforest Loop is an easy 25 mile drive that takes visitors around beautiful Lake Quinault, past sparkling waterfalls, up to the majestic Colonel Bob Wilderness. Because the loop is near the lesser visited part of the park, drivers can usually enjoy this scenic drive at their own pace.

  • The Quinault Valley Rainforest Loop takes drivers around Lake Quinault 
  • The loop is roughly 43 miles long and is unpaved in some stretches 
  • Featuring beautiful waterfalls, ancient trees, and a number of gorgeous trails, visitors are encouraged to pull off the road and enjoy this remote and predominately untouched region.

Why should I drive the Quinault Valley Rainforest Loop?

Quinault Valley Rainforest Loop is one of the most beloved scenic drives in Washington state, but because of its remote location it is only traveled by those “in the know.” On the magical 25 mile drive, visitors can view giant, moss draped trees, the stunning, the clear waters of Lake Quinault, and peek into the lush rainforest. Take this drive during in the early morning or at dusk for best chances of viewing Olympic National Park’s famous Roosevelt Elk. Do note that this road is one lane per direction and is unpaved in some spots.

Where does the Quinault Valley Rainforest Loop begin and end?

From Olympic Highway, WA-101, exit at milepost 125 onto North Shore Road. Northshore Road will loop around the north side of Lake Quinault. Northshore Road will connect to South Shore Road in the east, taking visitors around to the south of Lake Quinault and back to Olympic Highway, WA-101.

How long does the Quinault Valley Rainforest Loop take to drive?

Driving the Quinault Valley Rainforest Loop nonstop will take roughly an hour and twenty minutes, but there are many enjoyable spots to stop and enjoy along the way. Located along the loop are the Quinault Rain Forest Loop Trail, Big Spruce Trail, Kestner Maple Glade/Homestead Trail, and the July Creek Picnic area.