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
  • Custom Correct Enchanted Valley - Skokomish
  • Green Trails Mt Christie No. 166
  • Green Trails Mt Steel No. 167
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

Upcoming Activities

Backpack - Enchanted Valley

Backpacking Trip
An Overnight Backpacking trip to the Enchanted Valley
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, May 18, 2019 - Sun, May 19, 2019
No Prerequisites
8 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes May 16
Tacoma Branch

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Enchanted Valley

Backpacking Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course
This field trip will give B3 students the opportunity to try out gear and new
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, May 31, 2019 - Sun, Jun 2, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
6 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes May 24
Foothills Branch
Trip Reports

There are no resources for this route/place. Log in and send us updates, images, or resources.