The Quinault Rain Forest is located in the Southwest portion of the Olympic National Park and is home to Lake Quinault. I had the pleasure of staying at the historic Lake Quinault Lodge for a few nights last month. During my stay I was able to drive around the lake, which isn’t always possible in the winter, and hiked a few of the many trails to see some of the waterfalls in the area. To my surprise, even though we haven’t had the usual rain fall this year, the waterfalls had enough water to allow me to capture some nice images. This is
Bunch Creek Falls, and below that is Merriman Creek Falls.
(click on images to see a larger view)
These two waterfalls are right off the side of the road. Absolutely no hiking is required. You don’t even have to get out of your car.
There are many waterfalls close to the Lodge that can be accessed by a short hike. This is Gatton Creek Falls, which is about .6 miles from the designated parking area.
And, this is Falls Creek Waterfall that is also .6 miles from its trailhead, which is located across the street from the Lodge. You can literally walk out of your room and be on the trail in less than 5 minutes.
Besides the many trails and waterfalls, this area is home to the world’s largest Western Red Cedar (174′ tall), Douglas Fir (302′ tall), Sitka Spruce (at 191′ tall), and Mountain Hemlock (152′ tall) trees. There is also the largest Yellow Cedar (129′ tall) and Western Hemlock (172′ tall) in the United States. With an average rainfall of over 140 inches in the lowlands and over 200 inches in the higher mountain elevations, it’s easy to see why these trees do so well. Yep, they don’t call it a rain forest for nothing.
I had a great time and plan to visit this area again soon.