Kestner Homestead Hike

Olympic National Park

Quinault, Washington

N Shore Rd about 5 miles off Hwy 101

A fairly easy 1.3 mile hike introduces visitors to pioneer life in Olympic rain forests. Aaron Kestner established his homestead here in 1889, and the site was occupied for decades by the Kestner and Higley families. After exploring the homestead, the trail continues into the rain forest where it connects with the Maple Glade Nature Trail, which features big trees, boggy plants and giant ferns.

kestner homestead

Kestner Homestead (O10A0140)

kestner homestead

Kestner Homestead (O10A0151)

giant ferns

Giant Ferns (O10A0152)
Giant ferns and giant trees are common along the trails through the Olympic rain forest.

More About Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park encompasses a number of features of the northern Olympic Peninsula, including the Olympic Mountains, a large temperate rain forest on the western slopes, and a rugged strip of the Pacific Coast. Much of the park is roadless, prime wilderness hiking ground. Day visitors often head to Hurricane Ridge, Rialto Beach, the Hoh Rainforest and QUinault, as well as the area around Lake Crescent.

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