Short trail to a big spruce

This little walk almost doesn’t qualify as a hike, but it has a trailhead, so I decided to count it. At the end of the hike is a big Sitka spruce to admire. The road to this spruce also goes right past the Quinault Lodge, a classic northwest rustic lodge built in 1926, where, by the way, I’m dying to stay. Stop by and check it out, or have lunch in their restaurant.

Big Spruce Trail

Rating: easy peasy

Panting stops: 0

Distance: 0.6 miles out and back

Elevation changes: very little

Somehow my brother did a panaroma shot to get this entire tree.

The valley around Quinault Lake is called Valley of the Giants because it contains six of the largest trees in the world. One of them (although I guess this is debated by Canada) is the largest Sitka spruce, at almost 200 feet high and 18 feet wide. It is an impressive tree! The walk out to it is on a pleasant needled trail surrounded by huge trees.

In any case, the Olympic Peninsula is gorgeous and full of beaches, rainforests, and viewpoints and other places to stop. This little hike makes a nice break from driving around to see the sights.

How to get there

Quinault National Recreation Trail System, Olympic National Forest, near Quinault, WA

From Aberdeen, WA

The base of the Sitka spruce. Note the size of the people behind the sign.

Take US 101 north for 45 miles to South Shore Road in Quinault. Turn east on South Shore Road, pass the Quinault Lodge, and the trailhead is on your right about three miles up the road.

Parking and facilities

There is a small parking lot at the trailhead.


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