East Fork Quinault River

Hike along the East Fork Quinault River in Olympic National Park. It's an easy hike to Pony Bride that spans the river and a very strenuous day hike thru cathedral-like forest to a large alpine cirque surrounded by 3000-foot cliffs and the historic Enchanted Valley Chalet.

getting there

From US-101 38 miles north of Hoquiam, turn east onto South Shore Road. Drive 12.9 miles, bear right and continue 6.2 miles to the road's end and trailhead (600 ft).

on the trail

pony bridge (1,250 ft)

5 miles round trip, 1,000 feet of elevation gain, difficulty: easy

Hike 2.5 miles on the Quinault River Trail to Pony Bridge (900 ft). Continue on up the river valley as far as desired to extend your trip.

enchanted valley chalet (2,000 ft)

26 miles round trip, 2,700 feet of elevation gain, difficulty: very strenuous

Since the 1930s, the famed Enchanted Valley chalet has been a destination and safe haven for travelers in the Olympics. During World War II, the chalet served as an Aircraft Warning Station, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the spring, numerous waterfalls flowing down into the valley from the peaks above make this area especially enchanting. The hike to the chalet ranges from an easy backpacking trip to a very strenuous day hike.

  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 26.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • 2,400 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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  • Enchanted Valley Chalet
  • Pony Bridge
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