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Big Cedar Tree - Quinault

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia
47.4780, -123.9034 Map & Directions
Length
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
80 feet
Highest Point
100 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
A group of WTA volunteer smiles in front of the tree. Photo by Mike_R. Full-size image

There are many big trees in the Olympics, but this enormous cedar is so large it has a trail named after it. Plus, it's just a quarter mile from the road. Unfortunately, storms in 2016 felled the large tree, though it's no less impressive. When you visit, be sure to take only pictures -- the Park Service is leaving the giant there in order to perpetuate the natural cycle. Continue reading

  • Old growth
  • Good for kids

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Hiking Big Cedar Tree - Quinault

There are many big trees in the Olympics, but this enormous cedar is so large it has a trail named after it. Plus, it's just a quarter mile from the road. Unfortunately, storms in 2016 felled the large tree, though it's no less impressive. When you visit, be sure to take only pictures -- the Park Service is leaving the giant there in order to perpetuate the natural cycle.

Unlike many short nature trails in national parks, this is no cakewalk. The trail is full of roots, muddy (in the wet season) and steep in parts. The mud gets particularly thick near the tree itself. Wear proper footwear -- trip reporters have had boots sucked right off their feet by the boggy muck.

WTA Pro Tip: If you'd like to get a sense of an enormous tree still (partially) standing, visit the Big Cedar Tree near Kalaloch. While it too has suffered under storms, it's still standing, and WTA crews have improved the short trail in the past. 

Big Cedar Tree - Quinault

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 47.4780, -123.9034 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Quinault's Big Cedar Tree fell to storms in July 2016. If you visit please leave the tree as is. Do not remove any pieces.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Highway 101, take the North Shore Road approximately two miles. There is a wide place to park across the street from the Lake Quinault Resort.

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Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

Olympic National Park

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