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Backpack - Enchanted Valley - Lacrosse Basin Loop

Enchanted Valley - Lacrosse Basin Loop

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The Enchanted Valley trail follows the East Fork of the Quinault and samples every major environment in the Olympic Mountain range from lush rain forests to glaciers.

Plentiful wildlife in the area includes marmots, deer, elk, and black bears. We will visit a historic chalet that is surrounded by meadows, peaks, and waterfalls. The magnificent rain forest along this trail is dominated by giant Western hemlock, Red Cedar and Douglas fir.

Some of the largest specimens of these trees are found along the trail. Roosevelt Elk are often seen by hikers here.

We will take six days to enjoy this area and complete a lollipop loop that traverses several mountains passes offering spectacular views of meadows, flowers, and glaciers.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Take ferry and drive to Quinault Ranger station to pick up permit. Stop to see world’s largest Sitka Spruce and begin hike from Grave’s Creek campground. Hike 9.9 miles to Pyrites Creek. 1700 elevation

Day 2: Stop at Enchanted Valley chalet to enjoy view and have lunch. Short side trip to see world’s largest Western Hemlock. Short optional side trip without packs up to view Anderson Glacier overlook. Camp at Honeymoon Meadows. 11.5 miles/4100 feet elevation.

Day 3: Honey Moon Meadows to Upper Duckabush Camp; 8.2 miles 2100 feet.

Day 4: Optional side trip without backpacks up to view Home Sweet Home Meadows (2.1 miles, 1900 feet one way). We will continue to Lake LaCrosse to camp. Lake LaCrosse is one of the best areas in the park to view wildlife and is surrounded by beautiful meadows and mountain views. Optional side trip to Hart Lake. 9.8 miles/3800 feet (includes side trips).

Day 5. We will travel 13.1 miles with 700 feet elevation for the day and reconnect with the Enchanted Valley trail. The night will be spent in Enchanted Valley near the chalet.

Day 6 We will travel from the chalet back to Grave’s Creek campground and take the ferry back.

This is a strenuous backpack. Please make sure that you have experience on previous strenuous backpacks and are in shape for the distance and elevation gain. Lighter packs are advised. Pace will be slow to moderate.

This area can be very wet, so participants must be prepared for wet conditions. This trip will include possible river fords and crossing of snow in high mountain basins. Exact conditions will be determined closer to the trip. Changes of itenary are possible due to conditions of the trails.

The area has numerous black bears, so bear canisters are strongly recommended. A few of the camps may have bear wire.

Please contact leader at simonson2@earthlink.net or (425) 408-2651 to sign up or if you have any questions.

Although open to all Mountaineer Club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks course, and completion of this trip does qualify toward course graduation credit.

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