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Cool water in the Quinault © Jason Savage/Tandem Stills + Motion
The Quinault Rainforest is in one of four lushly forested valleys on western Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Lying within both Olympic National Park and the Olympic National Forest, this temperate rainforest gets anywhere from 12 to 14 feet of rain per year. All that water means the Quinault bursts with greenery, especially in spring as mountain snow melts and the river begins to flow with gusto.