Enchanted Valley


Backpack - Enchanted Valley

**Preference to 2024 B3 Students for the first week of registration ** Enchanted Valley is a Pacific Northwest classic! Hike an undulating trail 26.5 miles round trip through towering mossy rainforest along one of the Olympics’ grandest rivers, to a deep green valley surrounded by cliffs with cascading waterfalls. Enchanted Valley is known for wildlife so expect to share this spectacular setting with black bear, elk, and other critters that call it home.

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

Graves Creek Trailhead 9a (please note drive time before requesting leader permission)

Optional pre trip camping at Graves Creek Campground available on a 1st come 1st served basis. 

This is a relaxed 3 day 2 night trip suitable for beginners with field tested backpack gear and recent day hiking experience of 9 or more miles at 2 mph. This is one of Washington State’s iconic backpacking trips, with a knockout-beautiful destination.

Day 1 – Hike 9 miles from Graves Creek Trailhead to Pyrites Creek Camp where we will set up camp and spend the night.

Day 2 - Continue 4 miles to Enchanted Valley where we will camp our 2nd night.

After lunch, participants will have the option to relax, take a short hike to see the world’s largest Western Hemlock or venture further toward Anderson Pass. Please note: snow is likely above the valley and higher elevation exploration will be done as a group with a preset turnaround time.

Day 3 – Hike out 13 miles to Graves Creek Trailhead and begin the journey home.

Bear canisters required.  Carpools encouraged. Participants will be responsible for the $16 pp permit fee. Additional details, information and GPX tracks will be shared with participants.

***Preference will be given to 2024 B3 students for the 1st week of registration***  Students are asked to complete one  backpack prior to departure to field test gear but this may include a scheduled B3 trip such as Ancient Lakes and Chelan Lakeshore previously posted. Students should also have recent day hiking experience with 9+ miles at 2 mph. 

Trip open to all Mountaineers with leader permission April 6.



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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 required 
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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