Located on the western side of Washington State, deep within the Olympic Peninsula, is the Quinault Rain Forest. It is a lush, moss-laden forest bursting with foliage and life. This unique forest has the greatest number of giant old growth trees in the world outside of California and New Zealand and receives more than 12 feet of rainfall per year!Explore the forest in awe as you take in a variety of Conifer, Maples and Alder trees.The Quinault Rain Forest is home to Elk, Black bear, cougar, black-tailed deer, coyote, and smaller mammals such as bobcat, beaver, river otter and raccoon. Large birds, such as Eagles, Hawks and Ospreys are abundant in the rain forest, as well as large fish, such as Salmon, Steelhead, Chinook and Coho.This is a full-day, semi-private road trip. There is so much to experience you will definitely want to bring a camera!
This road trip will be made in a comfortable Sport Utility Vehicle and has an occupation limit of 2—5 guests. You will be allowed to leave the vehicle and explore the rain forest on foot via the Lake Quinault Interpretive Trail. Be sure to ask for a bottle of bear spray, because this forest has lots of black bear, cougar, coyote and bobcat, among many other animals. You may or may not encounter any of them, but it’s a good idea to be safe and prepared while adventuring.This is a small group, semi-private road trip. You will be picked up at your Tacoma hotel or other local address and returned to where you were picked up.This road trip offers you opportunities to get out of the vehicle, stretch your legs, use a restroom, buy snacks and to take photos. We will stop as desired and as photo ops present themselves.This is an all-day road trip with very limited access to restrooms, restaurants and grocery stores. Due to time constraints, we will not have time to stop for lunch and so will be stopping in the morning at Starbucks for coffee and then at a sandwich shop to purchase delicious sandwiches and drinks before entering the Quinault Rain Forest. We will pull off the road to eat our lunch at Merriman Falls before continuing our adventure around the lake. I highly recommend purchasing your lunch at the sandwich shop but you may bring a lunch with you. This will be a full-day, somewhat self-guided road trip. You can expect to ride for several hours in a comfortable SUV and do moderate walking and exploring within the park. No souvenir shops will be available during this outing.Important InformationDeparture PointLocal Tacoma hotel or local addressDeparture Time8:00 – 9:00 amInclusionsHotel pickup and drop-offDriverExclusionsLunch, snacks, drinks not included.Additional InfoConfirmation will be received at time of bookingPlease leave luggage and large items, such as baby strollers, at hotel/home.Backpack advisableCamera highly advisableComfortable walking shoes and a jacket or hoodie are highly recommendedLightweight rain coat or poncho is advisableSunglasses are advisableKnit stocking cap and gloves advisable according to weather conditionsGratuities are accepted and highly recommendedChildren under age 12 welcome at full accommodations rate if booking a family ONLY road trip of 4 or more, however no car seats are provided.Children age 12 and over are welcome at full accommodation rate.Smoking, vaping, service animals and pets are NOT ALLOWED within the vehicle.Not handicap/disabled friendly. Ok for those who use a cane, however, forest walking is not advisable.