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Lake Quinault Loop

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:37 pm
by ElijahW

I walked just a few yards of this trail through the magnificent old growth south of Lake Quinault in 2018, and vowed to return later. Last week I was able to do just that. What an amazing display of Pacific Northwest rain forest! I certainly haven't seen all of the old growth Coast Douglas-fir forest there is to be seen, but I have a difficult time imagining anything better than this. The trees here are off the charts: one monarchical Douglas-fir after another, giant Sitka Spruce, and unbelievable stands of Western Redcedar.

My list of measurements below are missing most of the CBH figures; this is due to the signage directing hikers to remain on the marked trails. I'm sure I missed a lot, but I'm still pretty satisfied with what I did get to see. I don't know if I got to any of the named trees out of Robert Van Pelt's Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast, but I really wasn't seeking any of them out.

Here are my measurements from the most recent visit:

Bigleaf Maple Acer macrophyllum


Sitka Spruce Picea sitchensis

264.5' x 26.08'

Douglas-fir Pseudotsuga menziesii

298.6' x 21.00'

Western Redcedar Thuja plicata


Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla


Regrettably, I didn't take any photos at Quinault. Plenty are available online, for sure, but that's not a good excuse. I was shooting for a 300' Douglas-fir, but didn't quite make it; that just means I'll have to go back again soon - what a heavy burden for a tree enthusiast!


Re: Lake Quinault Loop

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:25 pm
by tsharp
Elijah: Thanks for posting all your Washington measurements. I have never been to the area and its hard to digest some oftheser heights. Nice pictures also. Keep it up.

Re: Lake Quinault Loop

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:51 pm
by ElijahW

You’re very welcome. Thank you for sharing what you’ve found in the West, as well. If I had an extra day or two, I would have gone to southern Idaho to check out what you reported on in 2015 & 2018. I also originally planned to visit Seeley Lake in Montana, but decided not to because of the recent troubles on the nearby Blackfoot reservation. Perhaps I was being overly cautious, but figured better safe than sorry.


Re: Lake Quinault Loop

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:22 am
by bbeduhn
Prodigious heights! I haven't been to any of the coastal regions in the West. I'm suffering from tall tree envy. Thanks for getting an R5. I think I'll work on the Western States' summaries as well.