Located North of Ocean Shores in Moclips,
Washington - a 2 1/2 Hour Drive from Seattle.
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Moclips makes a great base for visiting Lake Quinault. Lake Quinault is the gem of
Washington State with its deep sparkling blue waters, dark green forested hills coming
down to the waterline, moss-draped temperate rain forests, and the high snow-capped
Olympic peaks in the distance. The lake is reached in just a 30 minute drive (north on
Highway 109, east on the Moclips Highway, and north on Highway 101). It could take you
3-4 visits or more to enjoy all the attractions of the area. Make sure to end your day back
at the beach for the sunset.
You can drive a 31 mile loop around the lake and up into the river valley above. Here are
the highlights along the way:
There's a nice view from the western end of the lake through a clearcut. It's one of the few
spots where you can see the Olympic peaks beyond the nearby hills.
This would be a separate day trip to itself: continue past the North Shore Road on Highway
101, the highway bends away to the west, and after one mile you reach Prairie Creek Road,
a dirt road, but marked. Turn into this road and set your mileage counter to zero. You will
encounter two forks in the road. Bear to the right each time. The second fork is labeled for
Higley Peak. After this you climb steeply into the hills.
You'll enjoy many fine views of the valleys below and the snowy Olympic peaks (on a clear
day). At the 9.5 mile mark the road opens up into a clearing. Park here and hunt for the
trail head at the southwest corner. The trail head is overgrown and the sign has fallen
down, but past this entrance the trail is in good condition. A half mile climb brings you to
It appears there used to be a good view down onto the lake here, but this is mostly
overgrown. Still, the forest is pretty and along the way you pass a gigantic, moss-covered
granite boulder left over from the ice age.
Back at the car, continue on to the 12.5 mile mark. Here you can see a fine view of the
eastern end of the lake and the river flowing into it. The road continues beyond this point,
but I haven't explored that far. Don't try this trip before mid July. At the end of June we
were stopped by snow.
Quinault Big Cedar
Moving clockwise around the lake down the North Shore Road, the first attraction is the
Quinault Big Cedar. Park on the road and hike a half mile to the tree. The tree is a
thousand year relic. You can't tell any more that it is a cedar - all the bark is gone. High up
in the air a couple hundred feet you can see a few live branches. The tree is hollow with
enough room for half a dozen people to stand inside.
A little further down the North Shore Road, July Creek is one of the prettiest places you'll
ever find to have a picnic. One particular table has a commanding view of the lake. Some
other picnic tables are set among towering trees. On the shore is a rocky beach. Around
some bushes and over some logs you can reach the mouth of the creek. From this spot
you have a panoramic, unobstructed view of the whole lake, as the creek empties out onto
a small point.
Kestner Homestead and Maple Glade Trail
Beyond the eastern end of the lake along the North Shore Road a sign reads "Maple Glade
Trail". This is a 3/4 mile loop trail that winds through a beautiful moss-draped maple forest.
Half way through you come out to the open fields, split rail fences, and dilapidated buildings
of the Kestner Homestead, a farm established in the early 1900s that the park service is
Quinault River Valley to the South Shore Road
Beyond the Kestner Homestead the road turns into a dirt and gravel road. However, it is
well-maintained, so there's no reason to avoid it. The views of the narrow river valley here
are very beautiful. In June you can still see snow high up in the hills. After several miles
you reach a bridge that crosses over to the South Shore Road. Nearby to the bridge is a
big sand bank my kids enjoyed playing on. Three waterfalls are found along this road -
visible from the road.
On the grounds of the Rain Forest Resort Village near the shore of the lake stands the Big
Spruce, another thousand year old world record size tree. A small parking lot is provided
up on the South Shore Road and a short trail leads you to the tree. This tree looks
vigorous and healthy compared to the Big Cedar.
Lake Quinault Lodge
The beautiful 80 year old lodge sits on a magnificent site above the lake with a rolling green
lawn reaching down to the shore. Inside you can enjoy the large brick fireplace, woodwork
and Indian carvings, gift shop, and an excellent restaurant, the Roosevelt Room. FDR
visited the lodge in 1937.
Quinault Rain Forest Trail
Nearby to the lodge is a half mile loop trail through the rain forest. This is very similar to
the better known Hoh Rain Forest to the north with moss-draped trees and high Spruce
trees reaching up near to 300 feet.