olympic park enchanted valley
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Room with a View Backcountry camping in Enchanted Valley.

IF YOU'RE PICKY
Of the park’s 16 campgrounds, Kalaloch is the only one to take reservations (recreation.gov), though waterfront erosion has erased some coveted bluff sites. Choice Spot D29 is, according to the Kalaloch Visitor Center, "the hottest site. Everyone wants it." Besides a killer ocean view, it boasts an easy-to-back-into parking spot. KALALOCH

IF YOU PROCRASTINATED
If you waited until a sunny Friday to dust off your pup tent, head to the huge Heart o’ the Hills campground outside Port Angeles. One hundred five sites are a lot to fill, and the lack of a flashy lake or peak helps, too. Choice Spot E Loop sites reach the farthest into the old-growth forest. HURRICANE RIDGE

IF YOU'RE FUSSY
The crackling lobby fireplace and well-stocked bar make the waterfront Lake Crescent Lodge the polar opposite of roughing it. Choice Spot The lodge rooms boast oodles of old-timey charm but no private baths, while the two-bedroom Roosevelt Cottage No. 35 has a fireplace, mini fridge, and lake view. LAKE CRESCENT

IF YOU'RE EXTREME
Schlep 13 miles up the Quinault River to the backpacker’s heaven of Enchanted Valley. The water streaming off 3,000-foot cliffs gives it the fairy tale nickname "Valley of 1,000 Waterfalls." Choice Spot The 1930s chalet is for rangers only, but lush meadow campsite amenities include bear wires to hang food from trees and a pit toilet—what more do you want, turndown service? LAKE QUINAULT

IF YOU'RE ANTISOCIAL
The primitive Queets campground doesn’t have potable water, paved-road access, or RV hookups. Or, best of all, many people. A hike to abandoned homesteads and a 212-foot Douglas fir requires fording two treacherous rivers. Choice Spot There are only 20 sites and all are gravel; take your pick.
QUEETS