Enchanted Valley


Backpack - Enchanted Valley

Hike an easy 26 miles round trip through towering mossy rainforest along one of the Olympics’ grandest rivers, to a deep green valley and meadow camps surrounded by cliffs with cascading waterfalls. Enjoy bears, elk, and an abandoned hotel for company. Total elevation gain 1800ft. Registration priority given to 2024 B3 students through March 15th.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 26.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

Graves Creek Trailhead (https://goo.gl/maps/uHQmCthLVtBKhHaU8)

Friday May 24th at 9am

Rain or shine

We’ll be hiking along the Quinault River, at a moderate pace (2 mph), with a goal of enjoying the area’s scenery and learning as much as possible.  This is one of Washington State’s iconic backpacking trips, with a knockout-beautiful destination.

We’ll meet at the Graves Creek Trailhead and hike upstream 13 miles on the East Fork Quinault River Trail to the Enchanted Valley.  The camp at EnchantedValley has ample space for multiple groups and includes a cool, abandoned chalet that was built in the 1930’s.

Participants will each be responsible for the $16/person permit fee.

Route: Caltopo

Recent trip reports: WTA

Weather forecast: NWS

After our 13-mile Friday and before our 13-mile Sunday, we’ll have a variety of options for Saturday:

  • Hang out in camp
  • Take a short hike to the world’s largest Western Hemlock
  • Take a dayhike up towards Anderson Pass (9.2 miles / 4100’ gain round trip).  Note that snow will very likely prevent us from making it all the way to Anderson Pass.

Enchanted Valley

  • Green Trails Mt Christie No. 166

    Green Trails Mt Steel No. 167

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

    Custom Correct Quinault-Colonel Bob

    Custom Correct Enchanted Valley - Skokomish

    Custom Correct Brothers - Mt Anderson
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint
  • Stove and fuel
  • Pot, mug, and spoon
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or Ursack
Trip Reports