Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide


Backpack - Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide

High alpine meadows and lake basins, expansive views, waterfalls, the airy High Divide, and abundant wildlife make the Seven Lakes Basin / High Divide Loop one of Washington’s most classic and beloved backpack routes. The loop is a moderate to strenuous backpack of 26 miles with 4,000 feet of gain (excluding sidetrips).

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  • Fri, Sep 19, 2014 — Tue, Sep 23, 2014
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 26.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft

Meeting time and place TBD, but we’ll travel by car and ferry to Sol Duc on Friday afternoon (Sept 19), then camp for the night in Sol Duc Campground.

This trip is open to all club members over age 18 and is part of the Foothills Branch  "B3" Backpacking Building Blocks course, and successful completion will provide credit toward B3 course graduation requirements.  Since this backpack is part of B3, emphasis will be placed during the trip on coaching and review of key trail skills and gear usage, as appropriate.

Though we’ll keep to a slow/moderate pace as we travel through this glorious country, we’ll need to exert ourselves steadily and surely to gain the pleasures of this strenuous trip. Our trip plan:

  • We’ll travel by car and ferry to Sol Duc on Friday afternoon (Sept 19), then camp for the night in Sol Duc Campground.
  • On Saturday, Sept 20, we’ll hike from the Sol Duc Trailhead up, up, up to Oyster Lake Camp in Appleton Pass, then set up camp and enjoy the famous views (8 miles, 3160 ft elevation gain).
  • On Sunday, we will hike to Heart Lake and set up camp (6.1 miles, 1660 ft gain), then take an optional sidetrip out the Cat Basin Primitive Trail and back.
  • On Monday, we will hike across the High Divide, pausing for a short side trip up Bogachiel Peak for views before continuing to Lunch Lake in the heart of Seven Lakes Basin, where we’ll set up camp (2.7 miles, 600 feet gain). We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring Seven Lakes Basin and relaxing.
  • On Tuesday, we’ll hike from Lunch Lake back to the trailhead (7.6 miles, 2595 feet elevation loss), then return home.



        • Total Length in Miles: 24 miles (excluding optional dayhikes)
        • Longest single-day mileage: 7.9 miles (Day 1)
        • Average miles/day: 6 miles (excluding optional dayhikes)
        • Total Elevation Gain in Feet (known/estimated):  5,422 ft
        • NOTE:  Maximum elevation gain (highest gain day): 3,160 feet (day 1)

      • Permits Required  (Y/N) and Type of Permit: Y; Olympic National Park Wilderness Permit; National Park Entrance Fee or America the Beautiful Pass
        • Maps name or map link (e.g. Green Trails Map name & #): USGS Bogachiel Peak and USGS Mt Carrie; Green Trails Mount Tom No. 133 and Mt Olympus No 134, Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin – Hoh; Trails Illustrated map of Olympic National Park.

Park approved bear canisters are required for this trip, and are available for loan ($3/day donation requested) from the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles (360-565-3100). See a list of approved models here: .


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Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide

  • Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climb No. 133S

    Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin - Hoh

    USGS Mount Carrie

    USGS Bogachiel Peak
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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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