Quinault Walking Festival slated for this weekend
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Friday walks are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday walks are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday walks are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public.
Four walks are planned, and all will start at the ranger station at Lake Quinault, 353 South Shore Road.
The walks are of varying lengths and difficulty.
All walkers must register, carry and return a start card.
The Quinault Rain Forest Nature Trails Walk has 7K and 10K options and is rated 2B.
This walk takes hikers through the Valley of the Giants, home of the world’s largest Sitka spruce tree and other record-holding trees of the hemlock, Douglas fir and western red cedar varieties.
The Kalaloch Beach and Nature Walk has 5K, 10K and 20K options and is rated 1C. This is a good place to watch for sea birds and explore tide pools.
The Pony Bridge/Enchanted Valley Walk, rated 2B, is either 10K to only Pony Bridge or 42K to Enchanted Valley.
This 42K marathon will be offered Saturday only and requires an early start in order to finish by dark.
The Mount Colonel Bob Walk has 13K and 23K options and is rated 4C through 5D.
Those intending to reach the summit (4,492-foot elevation) need to allow five to seven hours of hiking time. The vistas of the Olympics and Lake Quinault are the hikers’ reward.
Sturdy hiking boots, hiking poles, a day pack with plenty of water and snacks, a first-aid kit and a friend are recommended items to bring to this event.
For more information about driving directions, lodging, challenges and times, visit www.capitol
Last modified: September 02. 2014 6:52PM