Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Enchanted Valley Hike, Olympic National Park, Washington Part 1 (Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip)

Trail Description

Length:  30 miles round trip
Trailhead Elevation:  -- ft.
End Elevation: -- ft.
Elevation Change:2100 ft.
Difficulty Assessment: Difficult
Trail Type: Out and Back

**Washed out Graves trail adds 2 miles to the hike.

The Hike

Some gear that I recommend for this hike:

1. Water filter. Pump or gravity filter, your choice. I personally prefer gravity filter.
2. Maps.me offline maps app. This app has saved me countless times when I unexpectedly didn't have data or knew I wouldn't have data. This app not only had all the main streets of the park, it also had the trails and campsites! Such a great app.
3. Bear canister. You can rent one from the Ranger station or bring your own. There are bears. I saw two of them. So be serious about your food.

I only listed three, because I assume anyone who attempts this hike, at least all the way to the Enchanted Valley, is familiar with backpacking and is packing accordingly. That is, lightweight gear and rain resistant packs.

The trail-head to Graves camp from the temporary parking lot is completely flat. No elevation surprises. Alongside you runs the Quinault River.

At the Graves trailhead, take the time to read the message board for anything that might be relevant for the hike. There are some reminders about bear safety, waste disposal, and general health concerns.

The hike begins by crossing a bridge and very soon you'll be greeted by a sign that outlines all the hike mileage that you'll find on the trail.

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