Nearly a million acres of woods. Imagine! With so much space, we can only cover a small piece in one day. Quinault Rainforest, as lush and green as the Hoh, but less visited and closer to Seattle by at least an hour. Here, you'll walk a wonderful interpretive trail along a stream, hear the wonderful sounds of the babbling waters and the birds in the canopy. You'll also walk a second trail in the Olympic National Park, where the mosses and maple groves are really amazing.
Visit: Quinault Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WashingtonWe only allow 5 guests maximum on these tours. If no one else books, you will have a private tour. From Seattle, it's a 3.5 hour drive to the Quinault Rain Forest, but we'll stop as much as needed for rest, coffee and snacks. Once you are there, you'll see it's worth the drive. First the trail along Willaby Creek. It's a nice path with old growth fir and cedar, many different ferns and plants, and the creek will make you forget the drive. You'll see the world's largest Spruce tree, and dine in the historic Quinault Lodge, unless you want to get a quick lunch and spend more time on the trails. After lunch, you'll visit the Pacific Ocean if you wish, with driftwood and sandy beaches, then make your way to the 2nd trail head. This trail is lush and meanders along a wooded stream, with moss galore. On the road there and back you'll stop in Aberdeen for a rest break. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was born here and the sign entering the city says 'Come as you are'. We'll be sure you have plenty of stops on the way back, and welcome you to nap if you wish!