Explore the most popular Waterfall trails in Olympic National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice little hike. Went with my 2 and 4 year olds. They loved playing on the sandy beach and cross the log bridge. The trail was very busy and it was a Tuesday morning.

It was fun but big fallen trees made it hard for a short person. Very challenging but lots of beautiful views.

backpacking
blowdown
muddy
3 days ago

Memorial Day Weekend at Enchanted Valley was unforgettable. This is the most lush place I’ve backpacked in WA. Beautiful terrain, historic landmarks, fantastic fauna, colorful flora, & diverse fungi. It’s a rainforest, so come prepared. 3 days was nice, but I’ll be back for longer trips. Trail conditions were above par, and bear canisters are required. Big thanks to the rangers for being extra prepared during the busy weekend. Wish that chalet was still in use.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Started out as a great hike but we turned around after a mama bear and her 2 cubs decided to hang out on the trail

Hiked 6/13/19. Only a little bit of snow the last quarter mile. Super steep trail most of the way but worth it. My gps clocked it at 8.25 miles total. Only saw a few other hikers. Great hike if you’re looking for a challenge and solitude.

hiking
washed out
4 days ago

After driving four hours to access this trail, we were not able to reach the trailhead because the road was closed. Not a big deal; I was willing to take an alternate route and do another hike nearby. That’s not why am giving this one star. We were stopped by a trail Nazi who informed me that dogs aren’t allowed on the trails. She was nice about it, and just doing her job. But seriously? How do you restrict dogs from hiking trails? That’s just ridiculous.

hiking
bridge out
4 days ago

Beautiful tall trees! Lots of parking and easy trail and Water Falls at the end. We took our 2.5 year old twins boys! Little bridges to go over and with puddles or a creek running under it. Nice and peaceful

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail very easy hike. I recommend crossing the fence and going down to the falls. Can get to the top just right of the bench very steep but worth it.

hiking
7 days ago

Loved it!!! We made it Elk Lake and if you veer off the trail about 40-50 feet in toward the lake; the view is magnificent. The greenery and overgrowth of the plants/trees before ascending to Elk Lake/Blue Glacier (around mile 12) is something out of this world. I would say the first 12 miles or so is welcoming to all ages/levels. Highly recommend.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
7 days ago

I prefer this falls to Marymere falls AND is a stroll vs hike.

It’s not called enchanted valley for nothin!!

Is and will always be the GOAT. You get a little bit of everything, including sometimes nasty weather, but when you catch a sunny day there is no place in the world I’d rather be. Got that perfect weather this weekend 6/7-6/9 and had a fantastic couple days. Wildlife was in full display, dozen different eagles, deer, raccoon, tons of seals. Starfish are also looking more plentiful after quite a few lean years.

Very easy mostly shaded trail! There are some stairs, so make sure you are prepared for that!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
11 days ago

The hike itself was beautiful, but the lake itself was chilly and cloudy. Watch out because it gets wet and slippery

hiking
11 days ago

Pretty hike. Nice falls. Good as a quick, easy outing.

walking
11 days ago

It is a beautiful trail and nice area to spend time in. For me, it was way too crowded today. The trail narrows in some points causing you to feel like you are all bunched up with people right in front and right behind you. The viewing area to see the falls isn't super big either so it felt a little like a human assembly line where I wait for my turn to see, look and then move for the next person. I will plan my next trip here in the winter because it truly is a beautiful place!

hiking
muddy
off trail
scramble
snow
12 days ago

Easy and beautiful

Awesome hike! Really wish there less clouds out; around every corner there were great views. There are a couple pretty "use caution" scrambles. Once you get to the lake of lost prophet, there's a bunch of mud. Snow is a non-issue, just follow the foot kicks. I lost my favorite sunglasses; black raybans. If you by chance found them please email drew.molloy@live.com

hiking
13 days ago

Beautifully maintained trail! Gorgeous view of the grey-blue glacial waters of the Hoh River. We decided to trek to 5 mile island only and forgo the glaciers this run. Saw a black bear in a tree scratching his back and a Roosevelt Elk family. It was a very easy 10 mile trek without many elevation gains. Arrive EARLY!!! If you don’t you will be stuck with a tourist crowd bottlenecking the trailhead upon departure. We got to the trailhead at 7am on a weekday and no one else was in the parking lot except rangers and a few die-hards! Enjoy!

Wow, wow, wow, WOW. TO DIE FOR, stopped off at the ranger station and got a canister (free of charge) We started at 2 on a Friday and hiked the 9ish miles to Pyrites, we made it around 8 ish, after LOTS of breaks because we had very heavy packs.We set up camp for the night and got up early the next morning, left our heavy stuff and hiked the 3.3 ish miles to the valley. BREATHTAKING. I was itching to see a bear and saw none on the way in, talked to a ranger who saw some between Pyrites and the valley. I lucked out.. we walked into the valley and to the right was a bear head staring my way. We were able to get the camera out and get some footage. We hung out by the Chalet for a few hours then headed back to get our stuff. We packed up and decided to go past O'Neil (6 ish miles in) and found a perfect camping spot with about 5.5 miles left of the trail down near the water and very secluded. On our way back, 2 women were alarmed by a bear (I didn't get to see). Sunday morning we hiked the 5.5 miles back in a little over 2.5 hours and were on our way out. Absolutely incredible. There are camping spots as close in as Pony Creek and spots along the way.

6/3 - Lexi ONP

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
off trail
over grown
snow
17 days ago

Very beautiful but difficult. I came in from the South Fork Skok Trailhead. It’s about 8 miles in one way. The trail is pretty overgrown in places and there are a lot of big trees down in the trail. The trail is difficult to follow at time and disappears frequently after the second river crossing. The bridge at the second crossing is out and you have to ford the river. The last mile and a half is straight up and there is still snow on the other side of Sundown pass but it is passable without much difficulty. There are fish in the lake but they were very reluctant to bite any fly I threw at them, didn’t see any over 10 inches

Extremely hard hike experts only

This hike was so awesome! great views the whole way up. Definitely one of the more difficult day hikes I've ever done. alot of snow towards the top, I found myself off the trail when it started to get snowy. I did this hike on 6/1/19

I went right AFTER Memorial Day solo. I have no (and i mean NO) thru hiking experience and am definitely out of shape. But i spent about 6 months researching what i needed to do to be prepared. I wanted to do this trek to take some high resolution photos —- my passion. Carrying a medium format camera, tripod and bear cannister, etc., I managed to go slow and still complete the trail in 4 days, 3 nights. But, going back down from Pyrites to the trailhead only took me one day. It was a schlep for me going up the incline on the way in. Going down was a piece of cake in comparison. I’m sure my mild asthma doesn’t help. I was lucky with weather: Sunny every day and only about 10 minutes of drizzle as I headed into the valley on Tuesday afternoon. There was a ranger stationed in the valley at the chalet for the Memorial Day weekend, so that made me feel quite safe when I arrived. There were campers throughout, but I’d hardly call it busy or crowded. However, when I returned to Pyrites, I was the ONLY person camping there Wednesday night which made me feel a little Blair Witch Project-esq. And folks had spotted bears at this camp site over the holiday, so I had those rumors stuck in my head and couldn’t sleep. Couple that with smelling smoke at 2:30 am and having to get out of the tent and investigate it only to find some idiot campers from the night prior didn’t properly extinguish their camp fire ——- scary. And I was still scared of the damn bear rumors. And then, the next day, as I was walking alone past ONeils to Pony Bridge, I was completely alone and ran across a cub and her very big Mama Bear right on the trail. And I wasn’t carrying bear spray. Needless to say, when I tried to make myself look big, and clicked my trekking poles to make noise ——- the mom really didn’t care and was sizing me up for a good 3 minutes, I was terrified. And felt really stupid. I did have a whistle that I tried blowing to make noise, but I felt like it was more of a dinner bell for the mama bear. It was like a bird chirping or annoying her precious cub. So I stopped and kept with the trekking poles —— alternating between waving them big and between banging them together. When that didn’t work, I tried to slowly walk backwards the opposite direction where I came from, up a slight incline, and I think that’s what made her relax enough to run into the bushes after her cub. It took me a good 10 minutes to work up the courage to pass the area where they were standing on the path before disappearing into the brush. When I got to Pony Bridge, no one was camping there Thursday eve —- again. So, because I didn’t want to repeat my prior nights fears, and because of my actual bear scare, I ended up suffering through blisters to get back to the trailhead and find a nice hotel for the eve. The trail itself was beautiful. If I had a hiking buddy and wasn’t doing this both solo and for the first time, and if i was carrying bear spray, I think I would have loved it. I could have also dropped the weight of the camera and tripod and that would have made me enjoy this more because then I wouldn’t feel like I was working so hard. If you have any experience hiking and camping, you will love this trail. If you wanna cut weight and keep up speed, drop the bear canister and use a bear bag and camp instead at Pyrites where there is bear wire. Then you can day hike up to the valley and back and not have to re-pitch a tent. I could have done a lot of things better. But for a first experience, and despite my own fears, it was still a good hike. Character building. And from now on, I’m never skipping the bear spray to save weight.

Very easy trail and a lovely waterfall. Went mid week afternoon and wasn’t overly crowded.

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