Venturing to the Enchanted Valley

13  Quinault, Enchanted ValleyLocated in Olympic National Park is one of the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail's most spectacular destinations: the Enchanted Valley, also known as the Valley of 10,000 Waterfalls. Snowmelt and winter rains lead to cascading waterfalls along the cliffs. During the full moon in June, the waterfalls are often at their peak. The trail head for the Enchanted Valley hike is about 6.5 miles from Lake Quinault Lodge along Graves Creek. The hike into the valley is about 13 miles one way through temperate rainforest and is usually done as a backpack trip. Camping here during the summer months is an awe-inspiring experience. Imagine falling asleep to the sounds of multiple rushing waterfalls. Check with the back country ranger at Olympic National Park to find out when the trail is open.  360-565-3102. Camping permits are available at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles and the South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station located next to Lake Quinault Lodge. No reservations necessary.   Black bears also enjoy visiting the area. Please remember to use caution and bear canisters.

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