It’s been a few years since I revisited Lake Quinault and the Quinault rain forest, located in the Olympic National Park, Washington. There are 4 designated coastal, temperate rain forests in the state. The Quinault rain forest is the most southerly one. It does require a small fee to park in the designated trail parking area if you don’t have a national park pass; otherwise, you can park freely in other areas and access many of the loop trails. Also located in the national forest area is the historic Lake Quinault Lodge. Don’t expect to just drop in and request a room for the night. This is a popular park lodge during the high tourist season along with pricey room rates. Your best rates will be later in the year, but then again it will most likely be the rainy season. The Pacific Northwest coastal rain forests receive well over 100 inches of rain per year. Tree species in the temperate rain forests include Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock and Western Red Cedar. Trees are adorned with carpets of lush, green mosses and lichens. Below is a sample of photos taken this past week at the lodge and in the Quinault rain forest. Enjoy!
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