boundries, crept in further year by year,
outward, as the Park was always
issued money to extend it's boundries, but not much else. The
high country trail soon became
overgrown to the point of being impassible. The Park would no longer
maintain the trail. The Hotel was forced to close. Bureaucratic red
tape came along with Park regulation.
The vacated Chalet then served as an over night shelter for backcountry
enthusiast's, as a stop over or when caught under extreme weather
conditions. The chalet remained available for public useage for
decades, until the Designated wilderness moved in around it.
FOOTPRINTS!!!!! It was
soon boarded up and claimed unsafe. A sign was posted for EMERGENCY USE
ONLY. Otherwise you were warned to KEEP OUT. This was upsetting to the
thousands of users it served over each passing decade. The land of a
thousand waterfalls. A special place for everyone that was able to
In 1988 the Spotted
Wilderness and the Big Land Grab Scam occurred confiscating mountain
ranges acrossed 4 states claiming the Owl was endangered and man was
cause! (a false created crisis). The chalet was added to the National
Register of Historic Places in 2007 , by local and public push as one of
the only remaining early pioneer landmarks left in the area.
Congress designated wilderness
Takes Enchanted Valley Chalet's Homespun Turf
The hand built one of a kind log hotel became a prisoner inside
This is an extraordinary and breathtaking landscape known as the "land
of many waterfalls.
Beautiful Meadow land surrounded
(past tense) the Chalet, that served as feeding grounds for the
abundant wildlife to graze in. A huge portion of that alpine meadowland
has now been washed away. Gone, down the upper Quinault river and
down the watersheds as
the river was left to "run wild"
under the Wilderness Act and it's book of rules.
A sad thing to see happen when it could have easily been prevented with
common sense knowledge you don't see federal agencies use in today's
world. Letting a river "run wild" can have devasting unreversible
affects on the enviroment , the wildlife and it's habitat.
and up keep of the Chalet was part of the promised agreement when
restricting our public land use for "wilderness" designation. This
not happen. It was patched here and there and eventually boarded up.
The much loved Enchanted Valley Chalet has had the ever
encroaching river eroding the meadowed landscape away for NINE YEARS. The Park,
well aware of what the eminent result would be sat idle. Save it? or
let it go?
It iwas ready to go. Talking about it for 9 years? and
as of may 2014 still talking about it.
This was UNEXCEPTABLE!
Total disregard by ONP's obligations as our paid steward, but also an
insult to the OVERFLOWING stack of RESCUE letters to Both Congress and
Olympic National Park
THIS IS OLYMPIC PENINSULA PIONEER
HISTORY BEING ERASED!
The COLLABORATORS don't care but
We've paid for up keep
We want it! and want it now!
Olympic National Park News Release
Dynamic Quinault River Continues
to Shift Course, Threaten Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet
Public Invited to Share Photos and
Stories from Chalet’s History
As it has for many years, the main
channel of the East Fork Quinault River has continued to move across
the Enchanted Valley floodplain this winter, further eroding the river
bank and undermining the 1930s-era Enchanted Valley Chalet.
This winter’s storms and high
flows have resulted in the Quinault’s main channel to shift by at
least 15 feet in the past three months. As of late last week, the river
has undercut the Chalet by approximately four feet.
what is technically and economically feasible, we continue to do our
very best to protect the area’s natural and cultural resources
and its wilderness character,” said Olympic National
Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “Our options are limited,
however, given the size and force of the river and the valley’s
remote location within the Olympic Wilderness.”
An Olympic National Park crew recently
returned from Enchanted Valley, where they assessed and documented the
Chalet’s condition and removed equipment, supplies and hazardous
materials. The building’s windows were also removed to both
prevent glass from impacting the river and downstream natural resources
and to preserve elements of the historic building.
Park staff continues to work closely with partners to
develop the best course of action, both in the long and short term. Key partners include
the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer, Pacific West
Regional Office of the National Park Service, and concerned
organizations and citizens.
Note: So far the citizens have been put on
the back burner.
“We understand that the Chalet
occupies an important place in the history of this area, and we know
that people hold deep regard and affection for the building,”
said Creachbaum. “We invite anyone who’d like to share
their photos or memories of the Chalet to post them on our Olympic
National Park Facebook page.”
In early January,
photographs and visitor reports revealed that the Quinault River had
migrated to within 18 inches of the building. Subsequent aerial
photos illustrated the river’s continued movement towards the
March 8, 2014
March 12, 2014
As of late last week, the river has undercut
the Chalet by approximately four feet.
March 12, 2014
The reflecttion Of
the Olympics through the window.
A gorgeous setting enjoyed by millions for 85 years.
Migration of the East
Quinault’s channel is common particularly in the loose,
unconsolidated soils of Enchanted Valley. Storms, fallen trees,
rockslides and simply the
constant process of erosion can all cause the
river to shift and carve
a new channel.
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
Olympic National Park. It served as a lodge for hikers and horse riders
in Enchanted Valley.
Enchanted Valley is within
Wilderness, designated in 1988 and is a popular wilderness
More recently, the chalet has been used as a backcountry ranger station
and emergency hikers’shelter. The chalet was added to
National Register of Historic Places in 2007
Barb Maynes 360-565-3005 or
PROPOSAL TO MOVE THE CHALET
APRIL 6-7th 2014
Analysis of chalet from personal visit
April 6th and 7th finds the
chalet well built and secure.
Quality construction is why it is still
standing today, even in its current condition. Moving method
uses two traditional main steel through foundation vents with cross
loaders utilizing window openings to carry second floor and roof.
Schedule for moving is as follows. Day 1 has all steel in place with
jacks set ready to lift. Day 2 puts chalet four feet in the air with
roll beams in place. Day 3 puts chalet out of danger with train trestle
style blocking being laid ahead of 30 foot roll beam track. Day 4
chalet can move at a rate of 50 feet per hour with one reset, 600 feet
can be achieved by the end of day 5! This puts the chalet on the
highest ground up river from current location. If foundation is
prebuilt, chalet can be permanently placed on day 6 with steel removed
for transport on day 7! One weeks time and the chalet can continue to
be enjoyed for decades.
This can be accomplished in this timeframe due to the countless number of
people who have been calling every day to volunteer their time and
talent for this effort. The calls to my office are all hands on deck,
let's move the chalet.
Monroe House Moving
Jeff has offered his labo
April 17 2014 - The Daily World
ENCHANTED VALLEY CHALET
Preservationist Disagree On Rescue Efforts
Enchanted Valley Chalet
from Wa, State U.S. SenatorMaria Cantwell
Olympic National Park Release
Enchanted Valley Debate