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Quinault North Shore Road

The Quinault North Shore Road provides access to the Lake Quinault area, as well as the Quinault Rain Forest. It shares some similarities with the Hoh Rain Forest, but is significantly less developed for hiking and visitation. The road is also unpaved for much of its length, though it remains a well graded gravel road.

Mile 0 – Park Entrance

Quinault Entrance Sign in Olympic National Park in Washington

Just off of US-101 29 miles southeast of Kalaloch, the entrance sign welcomes you to the Quinault area of Olympic National Park.

Mile 1.7 – Big Cedar Trees

The road passes by a parking area for an area of big cedar trees.

Mile 3.2 – July Creek Picnic Area

July Creek Picnic Area in Olympic National Park in Washington

The July Creek Picnic area is on the right. This also provides access to Lake Quinault.

Mile 5.5 – Quinault Ranger Station

Quinault Rain Forest in Olympic National Park in Washington

The road passes by the Quinault Ranger Station and access to the Quinault Rain Forest Nature Trail. Although not nearly as well known as the famed Hoh Rain Forest to the north, this is a beautiful walk through another area of temperate rain forest.

Mile 7.5 – Road changes to gravel

Quinault North Shore Road in Olympic National Park in Washington

The road becomes unpaved at this point. The road is normally well graded and suitable for passenger cars, but it may be a good idea to inquire at the ranger station before driving on. The photo at left is an example of the unpaved road.

Mile 14.2 – Quinault River

Quinault River in Olympic National Park in Washington

The road temporarily becomes paved again as a bridge crosses over the Quinault River.

Mile 15.2 – Bunch Falls

Bunch Falls in Olympic National Park in Washington

Just before the road leaves the park boundary and enters Olympic National Forest is Bunch Falls, on the left. It is easily missed, but is a very nice waterfall right next to the road.

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