Quinault River-Pony Bridge-Enchanted Valley
Jul 27, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Multi-night backpack
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Quinault River-Pony Bridge-Enchanted Valley
- Region: Olympics -- West
- Agency: Olympic National Park
- Trails: Quinault River (#5)
- Avg Rating: 3.33
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Bridge out
- Road to trailhead inaccessible
Hiked in to the valley and day hiked up toward Anderson Pass. Was told by the Ranger that it is continuous snow beyond the O'Neil Pass trail cutoff. But about 10 to 15 minutes below that the snow pack took out the hand rail on the log bridge at the top of the White Creek waterfall. The Ranger cautioned that it is not safe to try to walk this 12 inch dia log so if you want to cross, do it sitting down. I was not even willing to do that since with one mistake they would be picking up your pieces as they floated by the Chalet.
Many folks hiked in to Pyrites Creek campground and day hiked up to the valley and up the Anderson Pass trail. Others hiked out to Pyrites Creek for their last night, in order to get the last 4 miles off the trip. It is that last 4 miles that really wears you down.
Saw two bears - both skedaddled as soon as they saw someone was watching them eat sweetgrass. The rest of the wildlife seems to have moved up with the snow melt.