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Enchanted Valley Route

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 4.8 (19) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The scenic end point is enchanted indeed.


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Map Key

35.2

Miles

56.7

KM

Out and Back

2,870' 875 m

High

627' 191 m

Low

4,414' 1,346 m

Up

4,414' 1,345 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

This long trail along the Quinault River winds its way through forests and rewards you at the end with the Enchanted Valley. With its sheer cliffs and many waterfalls, it will be easy to see where the moniker "Enchanted Valley" came from.

Need to Know

There are plenty of bears here so proper food storage is a must. Check in with the Quinault ranger station. This route spans a few USGS quads so look for a few alternatives that eliminate the multiple maps.

Description

The East Fork Quinault River Trail ascends the Quinault River drainage through some very big trees in this old forest. On the way back we bumped into a forester who showed us a place off trail where we could see old growth trees of three different species, so take the extra time to witness some of these ancient giants.

You can break this route up by camping along the way halfway up. While camping along the trail will give you a much more in depth experience, the trail is easily conquered in a single day.

Once you make your way up to the Enchanted Valley, you see why it has earned the name. There are sheer cliffs across the Quinault, with hundreds of waterfalls streaming down it early in the season. You can spend a couple days in the valley exploring, and each day will be well worth your while.

Flora & Fauna

There are many bears in the area. We saw two in the valley walking across a snowpack on the opposite side of the river. There are also lots of elk that are usually present in the area.

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Shared By:

Steve Jackson

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Photos

Walking into Enchanted Valley with the Chalet in view.
Jun 27, 2018 near Brinnon, WA
Enchanted Valley with low-lying clouds
Dec 13, 2018 near Brinnon, WA
Narrow bridge just before entering the Enchanted Valley.
Jan 23, 2016 near Seabeck, WA
Enchanted Valley waterfalls.
Dec 17, 2015 near Seabeck, WA
Waterfalls everywhere!
Dec 17, 2015 near Seabeck, WA
View towards the Olympics.
Dec 17, 2015 near Seabeck, WA

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Aug 10, 2019
Mark Meadows
Heavy rain on our return trip coming from O'Neil Creek Camp to the parking area. Prior two days were partly sunny and in the high 60's to low 70's F. 6.5mi — 2h 45m
Jun 2, 2019
Sanjana Sachdeva
Backpack to pyrites creek. Amazing weather and day hike to enchanted valley. Didn't see any bears. Park rangers are amazing here and very helpful. 35.2mi
Mar 23, 2019
Zachary Baker
Oct 9, 2018
Peter Sneeringer
Went to Pony Bridge. Beautiful blue water flowing through the box canyon. 5.4mi
Sep 9, 2018
Sarah Rohm
2 night backpacking stayed in pyrites both nights. Rainy but dry at campsite and view around chalet was epic! 30mi
Sep 1, 2018
Michael West
Awesome hike, the first 2.5 to Pony Bridge are an incredibly worthwhile day hike or overnight camp, and then the remaining 11 miles are worth it. 28mi
Jul 30, 2018
Carrie Holloway
Jul 14, 2018
Ryan W