Enchanted Valley


Backpack - Enchanted Valley

Enjoy a 3-day, 2-night, 26-mile round trip backpack through the rainforest to one of Washington’s most iconic backpacking destinations. Priority registration for students in Yates and Casey's 2024 B3 mentor group prior to April 29. Leader permission required for registration.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 26.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph

We will meet at Graves Creek Trailhead (https://goo.gl/maps/uHQmCthLVtBKhHaU8) on Friday, June 14 at 10am.

Rain or shine

Directions: From Hoquiam, drive north on Hwy 101 for 35 miles and, one mile south of Amanda Park, turn east onto South Shore Road. Drive along Amanda Park for about 13.5 miles, then arrive at a junction at the Quinault River Bridge. Continue right, proceeding about six miles to the road's end and the trailhead.

Day 1: Backpack 9 miles from the Graves Creek Trailhead to Pyrites Creek Campsite. We will set-up camp here for two nights.

 Day 2: Day hike to Enchanted Valley (round-trip 8 miles) with optional extension into the valley towards the world’s largest Western Hemlock and Anderson Pass.

 Day 3:  Return backpack to the Grave Creek Trailhead

 This is a relaxed (but long distance!) beginner’s backpacking trip to give students the opportunity to try out their gear and apply the skills they've learned in the B3 course. 

This is one of Washington State’s iconic backpacking trips, with a knockout-beautiful destination. This trip will include B3 students who will be learning new backpacking skills and trying out new gear. All Mountaineers members are welcome (and encouraged!) to join. We will hike together at a moderate pace (1.5-2mph), and take breaks for snacks, views, and pictures.

 Leader permission is required for the trip. When requesting permission, please describe your recent backpacking, including distance and elevation gain, and confirm your comfort with a 3-day trip in possibly wet, muddy, and chilly trail conditions. Priority registration for students in Yates and Casey's mentor group prior to April 29. Other B3 students and Mountaineers members can request permission on April 29 or later. (Requests for leader permission submitted prior to registration opening date will not be accepted.)

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


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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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