Royal Basin


Backpack - Royal Basin

On day 1, we'll hike along the Dungeness Creek for a mile and then turn off on Royal Creek Creek Trail hiking another 6+ and 2,600' of gain up to Royal Lake. We camp for two days at the lake ( lake's elevation is 5,100'). On day two we'll explore Upper Royal Basin (net about an estimated minimum of 2 miles : an additional gain of 700' (5,695'). The Basin in in the Olympic National Park and is surrounded on three sides by rugged rock ridges and features several large tarns. It is good trip for B3 students who need a two-night backpack trip.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,650 ft


Most of this trip is in Olympic National Park. Camping is allowed only at designated locations and campsites within Royal Basin. 

Back country camping in Olympic National Park charges $8 per night. The reservation fee is $6.The cost per participant is $17.

Campfires are not permitted above 3,500 feet, and bear canisters are required for food storage.

Trailhead Parking: Large parking area available. There is a $5 per vehicle per day fee; an annual NW Forest Pass and some additional passes may be used in lieu of fee.

Vault toilet at the trailhead.


Royal Basin

  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness

    Custom Correct Gray Wolf - Dosewallips

    USGS Mt Deception
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister 
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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