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 3 (Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip)

As we moved on beyond the Pony Bridge, the path went up and down until finally bringing us alongside the river. At times, you can clearly see the effect the recent storm had on the trail.

As a side note: if you wish to minimize on water weight, know that a river is always nearby for purification if necessary. If I were to do this all again, and I was planning on camping before reaching the Enchanted Valley, I would probably risk only bringing 1L of water on my pack and purify whatever I needed when thirsty. However, plan accordingly to how much you drink when doing tough hikes and do what you feel is safe. Take the weather into account as well. When we went, it was entirely overcast.

The next marker you should look for as you continue your hike is Fire Creek. Fire Creek is probably 2 miles away from Pony Bridge, making it a total for 4.5 miles from the Graves Trailhead. The  Fire Creek bridge is quite unique in that, its a marriage between natural shapes and purposeful construction to bring you a means of crossing the "river".

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