Quinault Rainforest is located in the Olympic National Forest and part of Olympic National Park. The Olympic National Forest covers a total of 628,115 acres, with the Quinault rainforest taking up over 1,000 acres of that. The rainforest is temperate year round with breathtaking views. When I say breathtaking, I mean you honestly gasp for air at the beauty of the forest.
Upon first entering the area, you will drive past the beautiful Quinault lake. The lake is surrounded by resorts and cabins, a gift shop and a couple of restaurants. There is even the cutest post office I've ever seen, everything is just so quaint. The lake itself offers kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Though this girl doesn't fish, I'd like to go back and boat on the lake.
We went in early February, the temperature was mild, in the 50's, but still so lush and green.
There are many places to stop off in the rainforest, and there is a road that loops around part of the forest, that you can hike or drive on. The entire drive is a 31 mile loop, passing the most bizarre looking trees, pristine waterfalls and a beautiful river.
There aren't many places left in the world, where you can just drink straight from a river. But here, we did.
On the drive, it's possible to see many types of wildlife, though we were only lucky enough to see a huge herd of Roosevelt Elk. It's very rare to spot a bear, or any wild life to be honest, as they don't like to lurk around the roads or where humans are.
As you can imagine, from someone that loves trees, I have about a gazillion photos, but I thought I would share just a few of my favorites. This is such a wonderful place to visit, "God's Country" as one of my girlfriends calls it.
Is it worth a trip to Washington? Yes.
Is it the perfect place to hike? Again, Yes.
Did I mention it's simply magical?
Even the kids had a great time!
I can't wait to go back in the summer, and see what the rainforest is like when everything is in full bloom!
I hope you're having a great weekend,
Until next time,