Enchanted Valley is a destination for the persistent backpacker who wants to experience a seasonal phenomenon of ephemeral falls that spring forth from the high mountainsides of an unspoiled mountain valley deep within Olympic National Park. It is a one- or two- day backpack trip into Enchanted Valley, also called the “Valley of 10,000 Waterfalls.” An exaggeration, perhaps, but certainly a well-deserved description of this very special place.
NOTE: This hike is a 13-mile-one-way backpack trip up the East Fork of the Quinault River from the Graves Creek trailhead into the Valley. If you are thinking about traversing the peninsula, most people leave a car at each trailhead. There are also trailhead pick up shuttles that can assist you. The main road on the east side up the Dosewallips River is closed before the entrance to Park. They do not know when the road will reopen. One of B&Bs in the area will do a trailhead drop off for you so you can leave your car at their place. Call Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau for more information about shuttles and parking.
From US Highway 101 take the South Shore Road to its end and then follow the signs to Graves Creek Campground, 17 miles up the gravel road. Turn right and park in the gravel parking area.
The scores of seasonal falls of the more than one mile long Enchanted Valley are mostly visible in spring and early summer only. Snowmelt and spring rainfall in the high drainages run down steep slopes and cliffs permitting water to cascade at will down to the glacially carved valley floor below, creating a virtual amphitheater of waterfalls. The trail to Enchanted Valley follows the East Fork of the Quinault River for some 13 miles. This is a wonderful trip in itself. Consult Olympic National Park website for current trail and weather conditions, as the river may wash out trail and bridges each year. River fords in swift cold water are possible. This area has a large black bear population and herds of elk are often found. Cars left at this remote trailhead have been subject to vandalism.