Destination: Olympic National Park, Enchanted Valley via East Fork of the Quinault River
Distance: 26 miles, plus trek to Anderson Glacier
Dates of hiking: July 4rd – July 8th
Time on the Trail: 5 days, 4 nights
HikeCampHikers: Bettina, Kelly, Judy, Suzanne, Maria
Pros: Relatively easy hike for a spectacular rainforest experience. There were many choice campsites available in the busy season.
Cons: The porta-potties at the Enchanted Valley campsites were overwhelmingly stinky but as responsible campers we used them because that’s the rules in this crowded camp area. Lots of bugs at the campsites along the river.
Day 1 – Graves Creek Trailhead to Pyrites Creek campsite (8 miles)
Day 2 – Pyrites Creek campsite to Enchanted Valley (5 miles)
Day 3 – Day hike to Anderson Glacier 3400′ climb from Enchanted Valley. Second night in Enchanted Valley (14 miles, out and back)
Day 4 – Hike to campsite between O’Neals Creek and Pony Bridge (9 miles)
Day 5 – Hike out to Graves Creek Trailhead (4 miles)
Overview: We began our hike at the Graves Creek Trailhead after an amazing breakfast at the Lake Quinault lodge. We hiked about eight miles to our first night’s campsite at Pyrites Creek. The trek there was pretty easy, not a lot of elevation. On day two we hiked to the Enchanted Valley for a planned two-night stay. We hiked about five miles to get there for an easy day. We set up camp and then relaxed while looking at the beautiful waterfall across the river. On day three we did a day hike to the Anderson Glacier which was 10 miles roundtrip with several challenging water crossings. To get there we had to go over a few treacherous spots of washed out trail. The glacier was an amazing site. On day four we hiked out of Enchanted Valley to a campsite that was about 4 miles from the trailhead Our campsite along the Quinault River was beautiful but there were a lot of bugs. On day five we hiked out to the trailhead and headed to the Queets region to the home of Bettina’s friends. They fed us an amazing lunch and we also explored the beach. Afterwards we headed to Port Townsend where we stayed at historic Palace Hotel.