Quinault Valley claims to be home to the world’s largest Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, and Mountain Hemlock. They’ve also set records in the US with the largest Yellow Cedar and Western Hemlock. Going in search of each would be a fun geocaching type adventure. This Giant Spruce sure has big feet.
The East Fork Quinault River Trail is popular with backpackers heading to Enchanted Valley but on this day I was headed to Pony Bridge, a normally short 2.5 mile jaunt from the Graves Creek Trailhead. But due to recent flooding and road damage, to reach the trailhead a nearly 3 mile road walk was required. Trees with their giant root balls took a tumble into the river, taking a bit of road with them. There were three areas that looked like this. It’s going to take some serious engineering to fix this.
Date(s) Hiked: 5/12-13/16
Road Trip Day(s) #83-84
- Quinault Rainforest – NPS
- Map – NPS Olympic Wilderness Trip Planner (free from Visitor Center)
- Trail Guide – Olympic National Park & Vicinity by Douglas Lorain
- Map – USFS Olympic Peninsula 2014 edition
- Barefoot Jake (lots of local trail intel and amazing photography)
- Camping is available at North Fork and Graves Creek Campgrounds, plus other USFS options along the south shore of Lake Quinault
- Nearby trails to check out:
- If you want to camp on trail, you’ll need a permit. Visit the Quinault Ranger Station for more information.
- Nearest resupply is Forks.
- Link to my other jaunts in Washington