East Fork Quinault River Trail

Quinault Douglas Fir
Hiker in Quinault Rainforest

NPS Bryan Bell

Trail Conditions
Special Concerns

General Location: 27 miles northeast of Lake Quinault along East Fork Quinault River Valley.



  • Graves Creek Road Closed to Vehicles for Road Repair Project Beginning September 3, 2019 for 4 weeks. No vehicle access to Trailhead and Graves Creek Campground. After first of three repairs is complete (estimated to require 1 week) the road will be open to foot, bicycle and stock users for the remainder of the work. Limited parking. See news release in link above for details.
  • The emergency shelter at Enchanted Valley is closed due to the possibility of the river taking the structure.
  • Bears! Bears are common in this area. Always secure all food, garbage and scented items in bear canisters 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are REQUIRED to camp at Enchanted Valley and may be available at the South Shore Quinault Ranger Station during business hours.
  • Contact the WIC for information about trailhead shuttles. (360) 565-3100


Ecosystem type: Rain forest river valley
Trail tread types: Well-maintained
General elevation trend: Moderate
River crossings: The Pyrites Creek footlog often washes out. Check current conditions.
Unique features: Old-growth rain forest, waterfalls, historic chalet
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 13 miles from Graves Creek to Enchanted Valley
Elevation change: 1,700 feet
Best Season: May through September



Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the WIC in Port Angeles or at the South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station located next to Lake Quinault Lodge. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: Bear canisters and bear wires. Bear wires are located at O'Neil Creek and Pyrites Creek. All food, garbage, scented items, and beverages other than water must be stored in bear canisters at Enchanted Valley. Bear canisters are recommended in other areas without wires.
Campsites: Pony Bridge, O'Neil Creek, Pyrites Creek, and Enchanted Valley
Toilet Facilities: Pit toilets are available at O'Neil Creek and Enchanted Valley. In other areas, bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: East Fork Quinault River and tributary streams. Always boil, filter, or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia.
Stock: Allowed. See Stock Use to check regulations.


Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are prohibited above 3,500 feet. Leave no trace of your fire ring.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day.



  • Enchanted Valley is home to many bears. Always secure all food, garbage, and scented items from bears and other wildlife.
  • During fall, winter and spring months, winter weather can occur even at lower elevations. Be prepared for trees across the trail, snow, stream crossings, trail and road washouts, and cool, very wet weather.
  • Trees can also fall across the Graves Creek Road. Don't get trapped.
Enchanted Valley Chalet in Winter
Enchanted Valley Chalet in Winter

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Quinault Rainforest
Quinault Rainforest

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Enchanted Valley Campsite
Enchanted valley Campsite

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Enchanted Valley Chalet
Enchanted Valley Chalet

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Enchanted Valley Black Bears
Two Black Bears at Enchanted Valley

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Last updated: August 9, 2019

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600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362


(360) 565-3130

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