Royal Basin


Backpack - Royal Basin

This is a 1-night 14 mile (2600 ft) B3 backpack trip to Royal Basin in the Olympic National Park, one of the more spectacular areas in the Olympics.

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


This is a beautiful trip to Royal Basin & Royal Lake. This is a popular area with both day hikers and backpackers. On day one we will meet very early to carpool to the trailhead. We will hike from the trailhead to Royal Lake (7 mi/2600 ft) and set up camp. We should have time to enjoy the lake and the upper basin. On day two, we will pack up camp and head back to the trailhead.

Pace will be moderate to low-moderate to enjoy the hike and the area.  Participants need to be in shape enough to handle elevation gains and mileage. Hikers should expect long days and make no plans on the last day of the hike as the return time will probably be late evening.

Bear cans are required in Royal Basin. Participants must have a bear can. The location of the backpack may be changed due to trail or weather conditions.  There is a small fee for the permit ($8.00/participant). A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at the trailheads.

Although this trip is open to any Mountaineer member over 18, it is part of the B3 Backpack program, and students will get credit for this trip. Non-B3 participants must have prior backpacking experience.

WTA trail description:

Leader's Permission Required


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 or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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