Enchanted Valley LaCrosse Basin O'Neill Pass Loop Trail is a 70.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Forks, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.
We hiked 60 miles over 5 days and 4 nights. We hiked from graves creek trailhead to enchanted valley the first day. That portion was an easy hike with very gentle elevation gain. The next day was a steep climb up and over Anderson Pass and down to Honeymoon Meadows campground. The site requires an immediate stream crossing when arriving and departing, which was an inconvenient way to start the day. The next day was yet another, even steeper climb up over lacrosse pass and down to Home Sweet Home campground. Although the climb was quite strenuous, the down hill and level hiking along the river afterwards were quite fast paced and easy. However we were slowed by an unintended detour down a spur trail that led us into a marsh considerably far from the actual trail. Luckily, we retraced our steps and made a late arrival at camp.
The fourth day was extremely difficult. We began with a 3000 foot ascent of Six Ridge. As this trail is no longer maintained, coupled with the saturated soil, downed trees frequently slowed our ascent. Once atop the ridge, it became no easier as the narrow trail, precariously perched atop the sharp, steep ridged, snaked and twisted along the ridge while constantly gaining and losing altitude. After the 6 miles on the ridge, we planned to make our way to lake sundown before hiking out the next day. However, after losing the trail in a quagmire, we were fighting daylight as we decided to stop at McGravy Lakes for the night. The shallow, glassy, spring fed lakes, nestled high in the mountains were a beautiful camp, despite the cold night at higher altitude.
Our last day, we completed the steep but short 700ft, .4 mile ascent to six ridge pass then back down past lake sundown, finally completing the loop back at the Graves Creek Trailhead. All in all, this trail doesn't provide quite the grand, alpine views that are often found above the treelike that say the cascades or the Rockies would; despite this, the pristine rainforest, with its massive old growth trees, giant ferns, and all-covering moss has a special beauty that makes this hike extremely unique and satisfying. The beaches located along the costal portion of the park are also highly recommended.
Great hike, we stayed in the enchanted valley the first night, hiked to hart lake the next day, saw a bear up close and personal. Rained overnight and clear the next day. Decided to hike to Siberia camp site, by the time we got to the shelter it began to rain again and didn't stop pouring. We Decided to wait the rain out in the shelter and spent an extra night relaxing in the comfort of the shelter. Last day the rain was letting up but didn't feel like chancing more days in the rain, so we hoofed it out the nearly 20 miles. Btw all that rain made the water falls come to life on that last day, first rain in three months. We also saw 2 herds of elk 20 or more in each.
In 2012 I hike 43 days and 450 miles in Olympics. All I can say is that if you haven't been to LaCrosse Basin - Do it! You will not be disappointed, it is breathtaking!