Earlier this week we spent a few days at Lake Quinault and once again fell in love with the calm and beauty of the lake, and the magic of the rainforest.
It was a perfect time to visit the Quinault Valley. We spent our days exploring and found giant trees – including the largest Sitka Spruce in the world –
and waterfalls at the end of easy hikes with no one else on the trails.
It was all wonderful, but our favorite was the Maple Glade Rainforest Trail, where we saw giant maples dressed in green garments, fringes hanging from their arms, ferns at their feet, streams flowing through, reflecting back their glory.
“Drenched in over 12 feet of rain a year, Olympic’s west side valleys flourish with North America’s best remaining examples of temperate rain forest. Giant western hemlocks, Douglas-firs and Sitka spruce trees dominate the landscape while ferns and moss cloak the trees and forest floor. In these valleys, even the air seems green.”National Park Service Website
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I hope so.
But I doubt whether pictures or words can adequately convey the beauty of the rainforest.
If you ever have the chance, please go see this magical place for yourself.