This trail leads 19 miles from the Graves Creek Trailhead to Anderson Pass. The route begins in the temperate rain forest of the leeward Olympics and ends amidst the high peaks of the southeastern portion of the range. It climbs moderately to the Enchanted Valley then ascends steeply to Anderson Pass. It terminates at the head of the East Fork Quinault and West Fork Dosewallips Rivers.
Begin this hike at the Graves Creek Trailhead at the end of South Shore Road. The trail follows an abandoned road for the first few miles. Within a half mile of the trailhead the track crosses Graves Creek on a bridge. Immediately after the crossing the Graves Creek Trail forks right following its namesake. The East Fork Quinault Trail veers left ascending the western base of Mt. Olson for a mile and a half. After reaching 1,312 feet the trail descends steeply to the riverside. It parallels the river for a short distance before crossing it at Pony Bridge. A backcountry camp lies on the northern shore of the river approximately three miles from the trailhead.
Beyond Pony Bridge the trail ascends slightly then drops back to the riverside. The route continues along the valley floor and crosses Fire Creek before ascending again around a bend in the river. The trail continues leading up and down along the river bank for three and a half miles beyond Fire Creek. At this point the trail crosses an unnamed creek. On the northern bank of this stream is O'Neil Creek Camp. This camp lies opposite the mouth of O'Neil Creek seven miles from the trailhead.
Past O'Neil Creek the trail follows the northern bank of the East Fork Quinault River one and a half miles to Noname Creek. The terrain begins to change from temperate rain forest to montane forest along this stretch of river. Ten miles from the trailhead is Pyrites Creek and a backcountry camp. The trail continues through the river bottomlands with openings in the forest providing views of O'Neil Peak to the southeast.
The track continues along the river bottom three more miles before entering Enchanted Valley. This area was scoured by glaciers leaving steep valley walls. The valley floor is covered by meadows, and wildflowers in season, of avalanche and heavy snowfall origins. The trail leads through the valley for two and a half miles before climbing the southeastern ridge at its head. The trail parallels the headwaters of the Quinault River as it climbs the valley wall. Seventeen miles from the trailhead the route reaches a junction with O'Neil Pass Trail.
From O'Neil Pass Trail junction the East Fork Quinault Trail continues to ascend steeply. It reaches Anderson Pass, 4,464 feet, two miles from O'Neil Pass Trail. Views from this high subalpine pass include Anderson Glacier, the Burke Mountains, the West Fork Dosewallips drainage and Mt. La Crosse.
Directions: From Northwestern shores of Quinault Lake, Turn on to North Shore Road and drive 14 miles to a spur road leading to the right. This road crosses the Quinault River ending at South Shore Road. At this junction turn left and follow South Shore Road 5 miles to the Graves Creek Ranger Station where permits can be obtained. Past the ranger station the trail leads 1 mile to its end and the East Fork Quinault trailhead.THE GRAVES CREEK ROAD IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO WATER DAMAGE. THE ADDITIONAL MILEAGE TO THE TRAILHEAD IS SIX MILES.
Elevation: 646 feet
Ending Elevation: 4,465 feet
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