Enchanted Valley


Backpack - Enchanted Valley

A good beginner to intermediate level backpack along the picturesque Quinault River. Camping both nights at Pyrites Creek with plenty of opportunity to hike and explore Enchanted Valley on the second day.

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

We will begin our hike at 10am at the Graves Creek trailhead. 

This is a fairly straight forward hike along the picturesque  Quinault River.   On day 1 we will hike in to Pyrites Creek and setup basecamp there.   Stopping short of Enchanted Valley shortens the hike to 9 miles and is less crowded.

On day 2 we will day-hike out to Enchanted Valley to see the chalet and take in all of the beautiful scenery and wildlife. We'll return back to Pyrites Creek for the evening and then hike out on day 3.

Pace will be casual and I'll encourage the group to stop at any time to take pictures and to share your knowledge of the natural world, be it plants, birds and other wildlife, geology, or anything else of interest. 

Please note: there is a permit fee of $16 per person which will need to be sent to me via Venmo prior to the start date. 


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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 or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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