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Enchanted Valley with Jenny Kotlyar Hiking

Olympia - Enchanted Valley

2021: Jul 4 - Jul 9


From snow capped peaks to lush green valleys, this backpacking trek will take you deep into the rugged and serene nature of Washington's Enchanted Valley in Olympic National Park. Between camping under the stars, delicious meals, and day hikes up to incredible view points, you are sure to be enchanted the entire trek.

TRIP DISCLAIMER: Our backcountry adventures take you to wild, remote destinations where you will be exposed to the majesty, and challenges, of the outdoors. You should be able to withstand exposure to a variety of climatic conditions, such as heat, cold, rain and wind. You should have a good understanding of your ability, and be able to self-monitor your health. You must have a high-level of fitness, and have the experience and ability to complete all stages of the hike. Guides are extensively trained to ensure a safe trip, but will need your attention to ensure a memorable backcountry experience. This trip is operated by the Wildland Trekking Company, an authorized guide company in Olympic National Park.

  • 6 days

  • 6 - 9 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels & tents (single rooms & tents available)

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners included

  • Fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) by 1:30pm. TrovaTrip will provide one transfer to the hotel or you can meet in Olympia by 4:30pm.

  • Fly out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). TrovaTrip will provide one departure transfer, arriving at SEA at approximately 12pm.

Activities Included

  • Shuttle to Enchanted Valley
  • Four Days of Trekking
  • Shuttle to Olympia

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 3-star Hotels & Tents
  • Certified Olympic National Park Hiking Guide
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (one transfer at 1:30pm)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (arriving at 12pm)
  • Camping Gear (top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack)
  • Trekking Poles
  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • Emergency Equipment Including a Company-issued First-aid kit and Satellite Phone
  • All Camping Meals Prepared by Your Guide
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 5 Dinners

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

Your Host

Jenny Kotlyar | Limitless Hiker

Jenny (@limitlesshiker) is the hiker and blogger behind LimitlessHiker.com. She focuses on empowering people to push beyond their comfort zone to get outdoors and explore our beautiful planet in a sustainable way.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Washington! Meet at the airport by 1:30pm for a transfer to the hotel in Olympia. Driving in? Meet in Olympia by 4:30pm.

At 5:00pm meet with the crew for a packing and gear prep meeting with your hiking guide. Afterwards, you'll grab dinner together and celebrate the adventure ahead!

Overnight in Olympia

Arrival: Fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) by 1:30pm. TrovaTrip will provide one transfer to the hotel or you can meet in Olympia by 4:30pm.

Included: Airport Transfer, Packing and Gear Prep Meeting, Welcome Dinner


Day 2

It's trail time! Grab a shuttle to the trailhead (~2.5 hours) and then start your hike.

Your first day is spent hiking along the majestic Quinault River, climbing steadily past small waterfalls and moss-laden trees. Deep in the heart of the Quinault Rainforest, keep your eyes out for unique flora and fauna - elk and other wildlife are common here, as well as an abundance of lush vegetation and giant trees. You'll spend the first night at O’Neil Creek, and finish off the day with a hearty dinner served up deep in the rainforest.

Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 600 feet

Overnight in Enchanted Valley

Included: Breakfast, Shuttle to Enchanted Valley, Trek Day 1, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3

Day three follows the Quinault river further up into the mountains toward its headwaters, intermittently climbing and crossing small side creeks. You’ll hike through maple forests, past giant firs and spruces, and find many more small waterfalls along the way. Shortly before today's ending destination, you’ll cross a dramatic bridge high above the Quinault River, and then the forest will open up into the stunning vistas of Enchanted Valley. You’ll camp here, in an open meadow with views of mountains, glaciers, and rivers. Black bears are common in this area, and if we’re lucky we’ll see one foraging near by. Salmon, bald eagles, deer, otters, beavers, and more inhabit this bountiful area as well.

Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 700 feet

Overnight in Enchanted Valley

Included: Breakfast, Trek Day 2, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4

After a hearty breakfast, today will give you plenty of time to explore Enchanted Valley. You’ll visit the historic ruins of the riverside chalet (that due to erosion, is now undercut, and precariously hanging out over the Quinault river), snap amazing photos of towering peaks and glaciers, and look for blueberries and other treats in the meadows and forests near your camp. Eventually, you’ll pack up and head back down the trail. You’ll make your way back towards O’Neill Creek, keeping eyes open for the views and wildlife that were behind you on the way in.

Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles

Elevation Loss: 700 feet

Overnight in Enchanted Valley

Included: Breakfast, Trek Day 3, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5

Your final day will take you back to the trailhead the way you came. You’ll drive past scenic Lake Quinault on the way out, and then bid farewell to the rainforest and to Olympic National Park as you head back towards Olympia (~2.5 hours), dreaming already of your next adventure.

Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles

Elevation Loss: 600 feet

Back in civilization, clean up and then meet the crew for one last dinner to cheers to an incredible week spent exploring.

Overnight in Olympia

Included: Breakfast, Trek Day 4, Lunch, Shuttle to Olympia, Farewell Dinner


Day 6

Until next time!

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). TrovaTrip will provide one departure transfer, arriving at SEA at approximately 12pm.

Cancellation Policy

25% down payment Additional payments
Spot pending Refundable Refundable
Spot confirmed Non-refundable* Refundable
60 days pre-trip Non-refundable Non-refundable

*If you cancel when your spot is confirmed and outside of 60 days until departure, you can receive a trip credit for your down payment minus the $100 cancellation fee.

For our full cancellation policy, see our Terms & Conditions.

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