The park divides neatly into three major areas—the glaciered mountains and highcountry of the interior; the lush rainforest of the west-facing valleys; and the rugged wilderness coastline. It's a landscape that renders a quick visit nearly impossible. Since no road cuts all the way through the vast interior of the peninsula, the park remains a vast and subtle wilderness, suffused with a primordial and mystical spirit.
Magnificent waterfalls, wide alpine meadows sparkling with avalanche lilies, larkspur, and Indian paintbrush, eerie moss-bearded forests dripping with fog, and cliff-lined beaches await today's adventurous explorer, just as they awaited native peoples thousands of years ago.
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- Be realistic about hiking mileage when with kids; these hikes are under 1 mile: Mini Trail, Hall of Mosses Trail, Maple Glade Trail, Quinault Big Cedar Trail
- You need a license to fish for salmon or steelhead
- Try a ranger-led snowshoe hike in winter!
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