5 Photo: Courtesy of OPVB Photo: Larry Workman QIN RubyBeach QuinaultIndianNation The Quinault Rain Forest Loop Drive A31-milelooproadaroundLakeQuinaultparallelsthe QuinaultRiverandventuresintoOlympicNationalPark, providingmagnificentviewsintotheheartoftheOlympic Mountains.Therearemanyeasy-accessopportunitiestotake photographsandtoviewwaterfallsandwildlifeandexplore onfoot.ViewseveralofthewaterfallslistedontheOlympic PeninsulaWaterfallTrailalongthedrive.Allareeasilyacces- siblefromtheroadorbyamodestwalk.Enjoyspectacular viewsofgianttreesandtheQuinaultRiveralongtheLoop Drive.WatchforRooseveltelk,blacktaildeer,baldeagles, bobcats,cougarsandblackbears.Allowtwohoursminimum tocompletethetripbycar. Self-Guided Hiking Trails HiketheOlympicNationalForesttrailstoexperiencetherain forestfirsthand.Thetrailsarewellmarkedandmaintained. Thereareloopsofmanylengths.Mostofthetrailsareof moderatedifficultywithminorhills.Manyaresuitableforkids andseniorsalike. Photo: Courtesy of Lake Quinault Innkeepers Association Photo: Judy Hanson GattonCreekbridge Rainforest moss Valley of the Rain Forest Giants Averaging 12 feet of rain per year, the Quinault Valley has the ideal climate to grow big conifer trees. It is home to six record- setting giants—the largest western red cedar (which unfortu- nately fell in July 2016, but can still be viewed), Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, yellow cedar, mountain hemlock and western hemlock trees—as recognized by the National Forestry Associa- tion. Only redwoods and sequoias are larger. Some of these giant trees can be seen on a modest to moderate hikes. For more information, contact the Quinault Forest Ranger Station: 360-288-0203. Quinault Indian Reservation The Quinault Indian Nation includes the Quinault and Queets tribes and descendants of five other coastal tribes: Quileute, Hoh, Chehalis, Chinook and Cowlitz. They walk the same beaches, paddle the same waters and hunt the same lands as their ancestors did centuries ago. The Quinault Indians traditionally used Lake Quinault as summer- ing grounds. Visit the Quinault Cultural Center in Taholah to see natural and cultural artifacts. Take a fishing trip or beach tour with a Quinault guide to learn about native birds and wildlife.