Lake Quinault Lodge in Olympic National Park, Washington state, was built in 1925. You can see Jim walking in front of the historic old building.

The lodge lies on the shores of Lake Quinault and is nearly empty this time of year, which makes it an ideal time to visit the park.

Olympic National Park encompasses one of three temperate rain forests in the United States. Quinault receives an average of 12 feet of rain per year, making it the wettest place in the lower 48.

This rain creates a luscious forest full of ferns, hanging epiphytic mosses, wild roses and violets, and old growth trees, some over 1000 years old.

The lake itself provides safe harbor to over 100 bald eagles and a myriad of bird and mammal species, including the unique Roosevelt Elk. Quinault is home to four types of salmon, including giant chinooks weighing up to 126 pounds.

There are over fourteen different hiking trails in the Quinault area alone, making exploration of the stunning rain forest easily accessible.

You can hike to the olderst Sitka Spruce tree in the world, and explore The Valley of the Giants, home to six of the of the world’s largest trees of their species.

Cheers to you from stunning Quinault in Olympic National Park~

(Sorry, if I am off line and slow to respond. We are traveling in the Pacific Northwest and often out of wifi range. I will check in with you when I can. Until then, be well and take good care!)

217 thoughts on “Quinault~

  1. Wow these are beautiful Cindy. I love how the first one looked like zebra stripes on the roof. A lot of my family live in WA state. I love the colors so vivid 💜🦋

      1. Oh I agree with you. What an awesome place to live. I’ve only visited a few times. Excellent photos as always Cindy you take us places we wouldn’t see normally! <3

  2. The photos are really extraordinary. They let see all the beauty of the landscape. An impressive forest to stay and live there and enjoy the silence and kindness of nature. A great trip Thanks for sharing.

  3. Anonymous

    What a beautiful place! I live in this general area–Vancouver Island, BC. Will you be visiting Canada on this trip? It’s an amazing place to live as long as you don’t mind a little rain!

    1. Vanouver Isand is at the top of my places to live, which we are still researching. I don’t mind the rain. I love everything about your island (and Canadians!) I have been to the islands many times, but it has never been enough. <3

  4. Timothy Price

    Beautiful and green, but much too much rainfall for my liking, We get 8 inches or less precipitation a year out here.

        1. Oh so right! The forest has this amazing power to heal and to relax. I say prayers often as I hike that start with, “Our Father, who art right here….” God is in nature for me. Thank you for sharing this with me. Wonderful!

  5. A truly majestic beauty. May America never be without it.
    Of Course a … president could demand the resources, therein.
    Hoping you guys will vote in a new president!!!!!!!!

    1. So lucky you and your woods! There are so many aspects to this forest: It is utterly beautiful as only pristine nature can be, and even more, it calms the human soul and psyche. This is a place where nature heals us. <3

    1. Thank you so much! It rains, and you just keep on going, for awhile. Then the rain stops, and the wet earth is illuminated, by sunshine. The light is so incredibly beautiful.

      1. So well said. I know so many that fill their days with noise whether it be music, the sound of the tv, or podcasts…with the purpose to drown out the silence. I, on the other hand, love the silence and the quiet sounds of nature. It brings me calmness and many times the opportunity to open up a conversation with another. Have a wonderful day in this beautiful place you are in.

  6. Wish I could tag along. Oh, I forgot, I am. Thanks to you. Is it really that beautiful? And those old and tall trees, amazing! Wonders don’t cease when we follow here.

  7. Lovely place to visit, but how I’d hate living with all that rain! We’ve had more than our share here this spring. Enjoy your travels, Cindy, and be safe!

  8. Aha, Cindy, at last you are sending images of a place I’ve actually visited – many years ago when I lived in Seattle from 1969 – 71. I visited the Olympic Peninsula several times during those years and your pictures brought back great memories! Enjoy.

    1. I am happy to report that the park has not changed much. I was here with the kids 25 years ago and it is much the same Thank God! Glad you have been to this beautiful part of the world <3

      1. I loved the Pacific Northwest! I was very young when I lived there and made up my mind to drive somewhere new every weekend! I am so glad to hear it hasn’t changed!!

  9. I stopped there once, many years ago on the way back from a dive trip in Neah Bay. It’s such a picturesque spot I was curious from all the dive trips I didn’t stop. That Sitka Spruce is fat, isn’t it?

      1. Make sure to hit Cape Flattery if you do, and maybe Hobuck Beach and/or Shi Shi beach. There’s a Makah museum in Neah Bay that’s pretty good, but it closes early – 5ish if I recall.

  10. It is inspiring to see such great environmental conservation efforts.
    Makes me really feel for our remnant Equatorial Forest in Western Kenya, that is being parcelled off by politicians for their palatial houses.

    I wish they could learn from such successful conservation stories

    1. We also have so many environmental catastrophes in the United States. It is heartbreaking to think of all the lasting damage we humans are doing to our beautiful planet.

  11. It’s all so beautiful!! A lodge built in 1925 and trees more than 1000 years old!! Amazing!!!
    Enjoy your trip and keep sharing!! 😀

  12. Timelesslady

    The forest photographs are so beautiful. It did my heart good just to see them and know there is such a lovely place on the other side of the country.

  13. Meanwhile, Sequim just the other side of the Olympic Mountains, and also on the Olympic Peninsula, is the driest place in Western Washington with an average of 11-16 inches per year. Although as the climate gets warmer all of the Pacific Northwest is supposed to get wetter so those numbers could go up.

    1. Thank you Jennie. Very kind of you. Olympic National Park is such a beautiful place, and Quinault is in my opinion the crown jewel. It is quiet, less visited, and feels like one is stepping back in time.

    1. These temperate rainforests are especially wonderful to hike because you have all the beauty of the rainforest and none of the heat or bugs. These forest are indeed good for the mind, body and soul.

  14. Cindy, stunning as usual, for you. Despite the time I’ve spent in Washington and Canada, that is one of the places I never visited. It is a good thing I have your photos. x

    1. Hi Lea. I hadn’t seen Quinault area of Olympic until this trip. There were lots of firsts on this trip, leaving us scratching our heads, “why hadn’t we been to these areas before?” Hugs to you my friend <3

      1. Hi Cindy, I was up on Mount Ranier as a child but never to Quinault. I have relatives in WA and up through Western Canada so I’ve spent some time up there. Yes, once you uncover such a gem, it is easy to understand those fellings. All the best and if you ever need a baggage carrier… ❤

  15. Bonjour ou bonsoir BELLE CINDY il doit faire se promener dans ce coin de foret

    Mon amitié est une chanson
    Que je dépose chez toi
    Qui m’ apporte tant d’émotion

    Mon amitié est ma chanson
    Je veux partager avec passion
    De notes de musique sur un rythme fantastique

    Mon amitié est une chanson
    Que j’offre sans aucune condition
    Sur des paroles qui te feront rêver

    cette amitié est une chanson
    Je l’apprécie et j’en suis fière
    Cette amitié que je l’ai construit avec toi

    Sur cet air de musique
    Que je te fredonne
    Je te souhaite une très bonne journée ou soirée

    Gros bisous,


  16. Beautiful pictures! I felt like I was right there walking through the trails with you. This is very close to where I grew up. It was nice to get a little “taste of home” from far away.

    <3 Alana

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