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Enchanted ValleyOlympic, WA
Olympic, WA
Backpack avatar May 05 2019
keepmoving
Backpack28.08 Miles 3,503 AEG
Backpack28.08 Miles2 Days         
3,503 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
 
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Quick overnight trip up the East Fork Quinault River Trail to Enchanted Valley with Tim. Departed Portland at 0700 and arrived at the trailhead around 1100. The drive up was overcast and foggy, but as we neared the trailhead the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful sunny spring day.

Starting on a Sunday afternoon worked out wonderfully for us- no traffic on the way to the trailhead, and almost every other hiker we encountered was heading back to the trailhead. We kept a nice casual pace, stopping for a snack breaks at the designated camp areas and taking our time as we worked our way up the canyon. The views up canyon are extremely limited the entire way until you enter Enchanted Valley when they suddenly open up- exposing views of giant snow capped peaks with countless waterfalls streaming down their rocky faces. The view is truly stunning and there is no way to adequately capture the true beauty of the area. We ended up camping about a hundred yards beyond the Enchanted Valley Cabin. Only 2 other groups were camped in the area, but they were far enough away that we felt like we had the whole area to ourselves. We saw 5 bears on the way in and about a dozen elk. There were a couple other bears roaming the immediate area, but we never had any issues with them.

The next morning I was up before sunrise. It dropped down into the low 40s overnight, but never really felt all that cold. I watched as the stars slowly faded and the sky lightened until the first rays of light illuminated the cliff faces. The other two groups that were camped in the valley packed up and departed shortly after 0900, but we lingered in the canyon until about 1100. On the hike back we encountered three more bears and a large group of elk. One of the bears we passed was digging around in a downed log about 10 yards off trail- when we paused to look at him he vocalized his displeasure with our presence by huffing/grunting and we quickly departed the area.
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