The Enchanted Valley is located in the Quinault rainforest on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. This was a three night backpacking trip, with plans to camp near Pony Bridge and Pyrites Creek. We later discovered that the mileage and elevation gain for this hike is incorrect after the trail was rerouted in 2013 due to flooding. According to a ranger on duty there, the trail was lengthened by 2 miles or more, and the elevation gain to the valley is closer to 4,000 feet overall instead of 1,700 feet.
For the first night, we ended up camping near Fire Creek (about 3.5 miles in) and the next morning we packed up and hiked what was supposed to be another 5.5 miles to Pyrites Creek but instead it was 7.5 miles. We base camped here for two nights with plans to day hike to the Enchanted Valley. This meant that we’d have an 11 mile hike out on our last day instead of the 9 miles we were planning on.
Sadly, I missed out on seeing the Enchanted Valley since I came down with a virus on day 3 of the trip, but the rainforest section of this area is very scenic and worth spending extra time in, even if you are napping most of the day to save strength for the long hike out. Nevertheless, I hope to return here and make it all the way to the valley.