Enchanted Valley


Backpack - Enchanted Valley

A classic NW hike which lives up to its name! Waterfalls, Elk and gorgeous terrain!

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 26.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

Meet on Friday, July 19th at 6:00 a.m. at the I-5/SR-512 Park & Ride, 10617 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98499  (adjacent to McDonald's).

We'll caravan to Graves Creek Trailhead and hopefully hit the trail by around 9:15. Directions to trailhead are: From Hoquiam, drive north on Highway 101 for 35 miles and one mile south of Amanda Park, turn east onto South Shore Road. Follow the South Shore road for 7.7 paved miles then another 4.9 gravel miles to a junction at the Quinault River Bridge. Continue right for 6 more gravel miles to the Graves Creek trailhead parking area at the end of the road. A pit toilet and room for about 20 vehicles is available. 

Overnight camping permits are $16 per person. Leader has pre-purchased permits  and will collect fee at the trailhead.

Although this is  listed as an easy/moderate hike, it does include fairly long distances each of the 3 days, 2 of those with a full pack so being in good condition is a must.

Plan is as follows:

Day 1: Trailhead to Pyrites Creek Campsite (9.8 miles). Set up camp, chill out by the fire.
Day 2: Pyrites Creek Camp to Enchanted Valley and back (7 miles round trip).
Day 3: Pyrites Creek Camp back to trailhead (9.8 miles). Hit a restaurant on the way back for those interested.

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister is required in this area
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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