Efforts are being made to save historic chalet
Following reports that the historic Enchanted Valley Chalet was dangerously close to being swept into the Quinault River, the Olympic National Park says that they are hoping to avoid the loss.
Olympic National Park says the shifting Quinault has come within a foot-and-a-half of undercutting the building.
Spokeswoman Barb Maynes says officials are monitoring the building by air until someone is able to hike in.
“We are very concerned about the future of the Chalet, as well as possible impacts to the river,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “The chalet has a great deal of local and regional significance and is well-known to anyone who’s traveled to Enchanted Valley in the past 75 years.”
Park staff are working now to fully assess the situation and determine the best course of action. Creachbaum commented, “Our options are limited, however, given Enchanted Valley’s remote location within the Olympic Wilderness and the river’s dynamic force.”
Located 13 miles up trail from the Graves Creek trailhead in the Quinault Valley, the chalet was built by Quinault Valley residents in the early 1930s, prior to establishment of Olympic National Park. It served as a lodge for hikers and horse riders in Enchanted Valley. It’s now mainly used as a summer ranger station and emergency shelter.