• Olympic: Three Parks in One

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  • Work Scheduled for East Beach Road at Lake Crescent Starting July 10

    East Beach Road will be reduced to one-lane of traffic through work zones and delays of up to 15 minutes should be expected. Work will occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through mid-July, weather permitting.

  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry for three weeks beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

Visiting Quinault

East Fork Quinault River with trees and mountain in background

The East Fork Quinault River during the winter

Location:

The Quinault Valley is a wilderness gateway to alpine meadows, jeweled lakes and ice-carved peaks. For shorter visits, the valley has a scenic loop drive and short trails through temperate rain forest in both Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest.

Quinault is located in the southwestern area of the park, about a three-hour drive from Port Angeles and one hour from Forks (directions).

General information about the facilities, trails, camping, and regulations can be found on the Quinault Valley brochure (pdf).

 

Places to Stay:

There are two campgrounds in the Quinault Valley, the North Fork campground has 9 campsites and the Graves Creek campground has about 30.

There are also a variety of lodging opportunities in the nearby area.

Recreation:

A good place to start is the Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station, open Thursday-Monday, June-September. The Quinault Valley has a number of short hiking trails, including a short 1.3 mile loop to the old Kestner homestead, and another that winds through groves of bigleaf maples.

Longer hiking trails through the Olympic Wilderness follow the North Fork Quinault River to the Low Divide, or the East Fork Quinault River to the historic Enchanted Chalet.

Nearby Areas:

Queets is a short drive to the west. Kalaloch is a little further, about 35 miles away. Make sure to consult the Getting Around page for mileages to different park destinations.

 
The Kestner homestead and orchard
The homestead and orchard here were established by the Kestners, one of the first homesteading families in the Quinault Valley.
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Did You Know?

snow covered forest and meadow

That endemic Olympic snow moles are scurrying beneath this blanket of snow? Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.