Enchanted Valley Chalet

Enchanted Valley Chalet

The Enchanted Valley is on the upper section of the East Fork of the Quinault River valley. This chalet was built back in the 1930’s and has been relocated several times to move it away from the river. There are plans to move it to a safer location … since the river keeps changing its banks. (It’s always interesting in the early summer to hear if the chalet has made it through another winter)
There is no camping allowed in the chalet itself … and I wouldn’t want to share it with all the mice, anyway. The valley has heavy usage with many people either hiking in and back out, or continuing up the valley, across Anderson Pass and down the West Fork of the Dosewallips. One of the easier hikes across the Olympic National Park.

(another image recovered from my Archive file)

Hart Lake Camp

View down to Hart Lake.

(more found images from my archive) The top image shows why Hart Lake (Upper Duckabush in the Olympic National Park) is sometimes called Heart Lake (but since there is another Heart Lake — also heart shaped — also in the ONP). So I continue to call this one Hart Lake. If you look carefully in the lower right corner of the top image (click on it for a bigger view), you will see the little green dot that is our tent.

Hart Lake Campsite

Hart Lake Sunrise

Hart Lake Sunrise

(more found images from my archive file) Hart Lake is in the upper Duckabush Valley, and is much less visited than the Heart Lake in the upper Sol Duc. Hart Lake takes over 20 miles of hiking to get there, so there are many fewer visitors. We were camped near the lake and when the sun was coming up, the clouds in the valley moved up … before burning off for the day. It was spectacular.

Hart Lake Panorama

Found Photographs

Thousand Acre Meadows

I recently upgraded to a new computer with a much larger SSD. That allowed me to put my archived photos inside my Lightroom catalog. That let me easily go through the archive and see if I had changed my mind on some of the images. Some of them went back years, so it had been a while since I had really taken a good hard look at them. As a result, I found a number that I had no idea why I had put them in the archive catalog.

This image is an example of that. The original image was very low resolution (taken many years ago) and it looks pretty ‘soft’ now. But it’s lovely, just the same. The location is in the Olympic National Park, on the ridge between the North Fork Dosewallips and the West Fork, above Thousand Acre Meadows, just below Hayden Pass. It isn’t visited frequently, since it is over 20 miles from the trailhead and you are traveling off trail.

15 Years of Rock Fall

Dosewallips Road Cliff area circa 2006

I was going through my images and found these two that were taken at about the same spot 15 years apart. I thought it was real interesting to see the changes. The road is washed out about 5 miles from here … and so it hasn’t been maintained since the storms of 2001. So the top photo was after 5 years of erosion. The bottom photo is 15 years later, in 2021.

Dosewallips Road Cliff area circa 2021

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