Pacific Northwest Region Viewing Area
Pink fawn lily. Photo by Deborah McConnell.
Skunk cabbage. Photo by Deborah McConnell.
Western trillium. Photo by Deborah McConnell.
Quinault Rain Forest Trail #855
Forest: Olympic National Forest
District: Pacific Ranger District, Quinault Office
Description: This gently sloping trail winds through majestic stands of old growth conifers, lush understory vegetation and an emerald carpet of mosses, ferns, and lichens. The trail is a short 1/2 mile loop nature trail with colored signs interpreting the Olympic’s temperate rain forest. It is an easy low-elevation hike (250 feet elevation). The trailhead includes a large parking lot that will accommodate large recreation vehicles, vehicles pulling trailers and buses. A barrier-free flush toilet, drinking water and a visitor information board are also available. Motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, and stock are prohibited. NOTE: This is a very popular nature trail and all pets should be on a leash.
Viewing Information: Excellent opportunity to view the Olympic’s temperate rain forest. The first 850 feet is barrier-free and accessible to individuals in wheelchairs. It is a great trail for day hiking, hiking with children, and viewing scenery and wildlife. The area supports a spectacular blend of wildflowers unique to the rainforest ecosystem including salmonberry, thimbleberry, skunk cabbage, Oregon oxalis, vanilla leaf, queen’s cup, foam flower, horsetail, trillium, false lily-of-the-valley, devil's club, elderberry, and star-flowered Solomon’s seal.
Directions: Travel US Highway 101 to its junction with the South Shore Road; 40 miles north of Aberdeen or 66 miles south of Forks. Turn east and drive 1.4 miles to Quinault Rain Forest Trail-head on right side of South Shore Road.
Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Olympic National Forest, Pacific Ranger District Quinault Office, 353 South Shore Road, Quinault, WA 98575; (360) 288-2525.
Closest Town: Quinault, Washington.