Enchanted Valley

Olympic National Park: Enchanted Valley

One of the most popular backpacking trips in the Pacific Northwest, this trip offers an unforgettable journey through the old-growth temperate rainforest of Olympic National Park. The trail winds along the east fork of the Quinault River, taking you deep into the Olympic Mountains with very little elevation gain. With stunning views, cascading waterfalls, and the opportunity for breathtaking wildlife encounters, the journey to the Enchanted Valley is full of mystery and wonder.

We provide all needed gear, including boots and clothing if notified 4 weeks ahead of time. Food from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day is provided. Transportation is provided from the meet location in Edgewood and back.

Middle School

High School


Waterfalls – Wildlife – Rainforest – Mountains – History

Difficulty Level

Easy: Less than 600 ft of elevation gain, 24 miles over three days, no technical skills needed.


Five days

2023 Schedule:

July 17-21: High School
August 14-18: Middle School

Price: $800 per person

Includes gear rental, food, transportation, and all entrance fees, permits, and passes.

Our mission is to make outdoor recreation accessible to all. If you cannot afford the total trip cost right now, send us a brief message to request a trip discount form.

    Trip Details

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    • Day 1: Gear up day
      • Meet at Sahale Outdoors
      • Gear fitting, classroom, and orientation
      • Hike 3 miles
    • Day 2: Backpack 6 miles to camp 
    • Day 3: Hike 3 miles to Chalet; return to camp
    • Day 4: Backpack 9 miles back to trailhead

    Learning Goals

    • Leave no trace
    • Gear management
    • Plant and wildlife identification
    • Basic backpacking skills such as cooking, campfires, filtering water, first-aid
    • Map reading
    • Local geography
    • Cultural history


    • Meet Location: TBD
    • Meet Time: 9 AM
    • Pick-up Location: TBD
    • Pick-up Time: Approximately 4-6 PM, guides will reach out to guardians to communicate ETA

    Gear Provided

    • Tent
    • Backcountry sleeping pad
    • Multi-day backpack
    • Sleeping bag
    • All meals from lunch the first day through lunch on the last day
    • All entrance fees, permits and passes 
    • First-aid kit and satellite phone
    • Group kitchen and food service gear
    • Water bottles

    Indigenous Land


    This is my land
    From the time of the first moon
    Till the time of the last sun
    It was given to my people.
    Wha-neh Wha-heh, the great giver of life
    Made me out of the earth of this land
    He said, “You are the land, and the land is you.”
    I take good care of this land,
    For I am part of it
    God gave it to me
    This is my land

    Clarence Pickernell, Quinault

    The Quinault are among the small number of Americans who can walk the same beaches, paddle the same waters, and hunt the same lands their ancestors did centuries ago. The Quinault people have a long history of working to protect their ancestral lands, and today manage a reservation of 330 square miles that includes over 208,150 acres of some of the most productive conifer forest lands in the United States. As an example of their environmental restoration work, in 2008 the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) partnered with the Wild Salmon Center and state entities to restore the habitat of the Blueback Sockeye Salmon, a unique species that lives only in the Quinault River System.

    The Quinault are a Southwestern Coast Salish people. Their historical way of life was centered around salmon fishing, and they also hunted elk, bear, and whales, as well as eating clams and camas bulbs. They have a rich culture of industrial arts made from forest products, using cedar bark, pine roots, hemp rushes, and grass to make clothes, nets, and baskets. They built houses, canoes, and storage trunks from wood. They made beautiful carvings and decorated their work using red and yellow dyes made from the Oregon grape, hemlock bark, salmon eggs, and the ash of red cedar. 

    Today, the QIN continues to engage in social and environmental work, emphasizing sustainable resource management, political awareness, cultural connection, education, and community health and wellness.

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