East Fork Quinault River Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington (26 miles)
A major portal to Olympic National Park’s legendary Enchanted Valley, the Quinault River plows deep into primeval rainforest and a fern-ringed canyon of slate and sandstone outcroppings. With 140-inches of rainfall per year, the valley walls are almost blindingly verdant and lined throughout with waterfalls — it’s also known as the “Valley of 10,000 Waterfalls.” The midway point is a historic chalet and emergency ranger station that was once used as an aircraft warning post during WWII, and now teeters on the banks of the river. There’s a large year-round black bear population, and in winter the valley is home one of the largest elk herds in America.
[More information: nps.gov/olym]
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