Olympic National Forest

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Olympic National Forest Headquarters' Office
Located off the Black Lake exit on Hwy 101, the Visitor Center provides a variety of Interpretive Displays throughout the year. The Center also has informational brochures, maps, and an interpretive sales area. Enjoy a Native plant identification walk adjacent to the office.

High Steel Bridge
From Hwy 101 north of Shelton, take the Skokomish Valley Rd. for 5 miles to FS Rd. #23. Go 2.4 miles to FS Rd. #2340, and follow it for another 2.4 miles. The High Steel Bridge spans the South Fork of the Skokomish River at a height of 420 feet. It was originally built as a logging railroad bridge in 1929.

Hood Canal Ranger Station
Located just off Hwy 101 in Hoodsport, offering information handouts, maps and interpretive sales area.

Hamma Hamma Area
Hwy 101 to FS Rd. 25. Scenic drive with views of both Mt. Skokomish and The Brothers Wildernesses; hiking (Lena Lake and other trails), camping, and picnicking. The Living Legacy Interpretive Trail winds up the hill from Hamma Hamma Campground past the Old Guard Station built by the CCC. Signs depict the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps on the Olympic.

Interrorem Nature Trail
Hwy 101 to FS Rd. 2510; four miles to the historic Interrorem cabin. Casual hikers will enjoy a well maintained 1/4-mile loop trail with an abundance of ferns and mosses. Picnic area and toilets available, with great camping spots close by. A great pit stop!

Seal Rock Recreation Site and Campground
Located just north of Brinnon off Hwy 101, Seal Rock is one of the few campgrounds located next to salt water. It has beach access for seasonal oyster and clam harvesting, nature trails, bicycling, swimming, boating, beachcombing, bird watching, picnicking, and camping. Interpretive trails show the natural and cultural history of the area.

Mt. Walker View Point
Located 4.1 miles off Hwy 101 between Brinnon and Quilcene. Panoramic views of Puget Sound and Seattle (summit is 2,804 feet above sea level). Hikers can follow a short, rim trail to spectacular views; for the more hardy, try the 2-mile trail from the bottom of the mountain to the top. Road not recommended for trailer travel.

Quilcene Ranger Station
Located on Hwy 101 in Quilcene, offering information handouts, maps and interpretive sales area.

Mt. Mueller Trail
This new 13-mile loop trail offers exhilarating views of the Olympics, Lake Crescent and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Seasonal wildflowers are also spectacular. Maps may be obtained at Soleduck Ranger Station.

Kloshe Nanitch Lookout Site
Perched on a craggy point with spectacular views of the surrounding area, this reconstructed fire lookout is a replica of the structure used to spot forest fires in the 1920s.

Quinault Ranger Station
Located on the South Shore Rd. at Lake Quinault, offering information handouts, maps, and an interpretive sales area.

Quinault Lake and Rainforest Area
A beautiful lake nestled in the rainforest is the setting for a historic lodge, picturesque cabins, and several campgrounds. Visitors may stroll along the 1/2-mile Quinault Rainforest Interpretive Nature Trail. This connects with the 4-mile Quinault Loop Trail offering a hike through the rainforest and along the lake.

Wynoochee Lake/Dam
From Route 12, turn north on Wynoochee Valley Rd., 1 mile west of Montesano. Continue 35 miles to dam and lake. Picnicking, hiking, camping (popular Coho campground), boating, fishing, and swimming available. Hikers may explore the 12-mile trail that circles the lake or experience the Working Forest Nature Trail, a short, interpretive walk.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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