Enchanted Valley

Walk an easy 26 miles 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 and elk for company in early season. Total elevation gain 1800 feet.

Enchanting? Dearly!  Follow the East Fork Quinault River through ancient and towering cathedral rain forest to a deep open valley in the heart of the Olympics, where waterfalls plunge down sheer walls and turn to hanging ice in winter.  Watch for harlequin ducks riding river rapids and elk and bears foraging the forest floor.  Explore cascades, river flats, maple glades, spruce groves, a thundering chasm, and a historical chalet.  This trip is an Olympic classic – the Enchanted valley's low elevation allows exploring late and early season, adding to its popularity.  Bear canisters are recommended and can be borrowed from the ranger station - call ahead to reserve one!.


  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 26.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft
  • 2,004 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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