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Enchanted Valley

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.

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Location

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.

Travel Instructions

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.

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Notes

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.

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57 Responses to “Enchanted Valley”

  1. waterfalls says:

    A special spot indeed! A great reward for the hike in. Sounds like you’ve has some epic experiences in the Olympics. Lucky you!

  2. waterfalls says:

    Sound like a good memory. I think everyone who travels to the valley has a magnificent tale to tell.
    mb

  3. Larry Werner (Jr) says:

    Hiked into the valley with some of my father’s Miller Jr. High School football team prior to WW2. Lodge closed during our visit. Remember the beauty of the Valley and the fish in the lake
    on its South wall. We camped in the shelter that was West of the Lodge.

  4. john butler says:

    I loved camping in the enchanted valley when I was a boy scout in high school we did 3 different 50 mile hikes across the Olympics and each year we ended the last camp at enchanted valley very special spot.

  5. waterfalls says:

    Hi Hiker Bill!
    There probably won’t be 10,000 waterfalls, but it will still be enchanting! It’s a special place at the end of an inspiring hike. There will probably be a few waterfalls, but we’ve had a very dry spring and summer. It will be worth getting there, waterfalls or no. One of my favorite places. Can you tell?

  6. Hiker bill says:

    How is it in late September? Are there still waterfalls? Is it still enchanted?

  7. Mike says:

    Just got back from this hike. Seen lots of wildlife. Lots of bear sign and around pyrites creek there is a bear that hangs around there. Beautiful way to spend a 4 day weekend. For the chalet it’s still standing for now and looks basically the same pictures I’ve seen in the past. Looked like there was still quite a bite of snow if trekking over on either side of Anderson Pass.