It is a silly thing to do, having to choose your favorite local rainforest. Yet for residents and visitors to the Olympic Peninsula, it is a common struggle. Picking between the Hoh, the Queets, the Bogachiel and the Quinault is like choosing a favorite child. But when deciding where to go on a weekend adventure, we find ourselves doing just that. Many love the classic mosses of the Hoh or the seclusion of the Queets and the Bogachiel. For most residents of Grays Harbor, the one true must-experience rainforest is found in the Quinault rainforest.
While the others are breathtakingly beautiful, the Quinault combines rugged, wilderness beauty with a breathtaking lodge, a myriad of activities and some of the best hiking, kayaking and exploring in the world. Sure, it averages nearly 11 feet of rain a year, but that rain makes it beautiful, clean and ridiculously green. The Quinault Rainforest is a wilderness playground of stunning sights and the perfect destination for your weekend adventure.
One of the first things you see as you leave Highway 101 and head along the South Shore Drive of Lake Quinault is the incredibly gorgeous architectural wonder that is the Lake Quinault Lodge. Originally built in 1926, in the same style as the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone, the two story, V-shaped structure is rumored to be the location where President Franklin Delano Roosevelt decided to support the creation of Olympic National Park. Read more here: http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2017/06/30/rediscovering-the-quinault-rainforest/