Located amongst the rainforests and spectacular natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula, the scenic Quinault Loop Trail begins at the Quinault Rain Forest Trailhead, where you will be given a Recreation Pass to access the trail. This paved loop trail is just under four miles in length, and features a variety of tail-wagging terrain that your pooch will no doubt love.
The Olympic Peninsula is famous for its temperate rainforests, but the Quinault Loop Trail, which is open year-round, remains quite the tranquil hidden gem, with the large crowds being found at other nearby trails. A couple of these trails, such as the interpretive Rainforest Nature Loop Trail, join on to the Quinault Loop Trail, making it easy to extend your walk if Fido could do with more exercise.
There are two main parts to this trail, the first being a 2.7 mile section through the temperate rainforest. The vast canopy here features numerous ancient trees, from Douglas firs to Western hemlocks, as well as the largest spruce tree in the world. In addition to the dense forest, you and your pooch will also pass by streams, waterfalls and more, with the path taking you across several picturesque bridges.
Next up is a 1.3 mile stretch along Quinault Lake's south shore. In addition to the panoramic views of the lake itself, one of the main highlights of this portion of the trail is Cascade Falls. This waterfall may not boast much in terms of height or size, but, thanks to the beautiful cascades created, is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in the area.
Thanks to the spacious parking lot that can accommodate large vehicles, this trail is easy to get to, no matter the vehicle you are traveling in. You will also find a toilet, drinking water and an information board on-site.
Dogs are welcome to explore this trail with their owners, but you will need to keep Fido on a lead at all times, and be sure to always clean up after your pooch. Since drinking water is available at the Quinault Rain Forest Trailhead, you won't need to bring any with you, but should still bring empty bottles and bowls to fill for your pooch.
From forests and streams to a lake and waterfalls, this is a pawriffic walk for you and your pup to enjoy together, and is one that will definitely get that tail wagging.