The Lake Quinault area’s hiking highlight is this photogenic trail, which climbs for 13 miles beyond the Graves Creek Ranger Station, at the end of S Shore Rd, up to a large meadow (a former glacial-lake bed) crisscrossed by streams and springs, and resplendent with wildflowers and thickets of alders.

To the north rise sheer cliff faces and peaks craning 2000ft from the valley floor; during spring snowmelt, the 3-mile precipice is drizzled by thousands of small waterfalls. After the late-June snowmelt it is possible to lengthen this hike by continuing over 4464ft Anderson Pass (19 miles from Graves Creek) and descending to the Dosewallips Trailhead on the park’s eastern side.