Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide


Backpack - Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide

This 2-night, 3-day backpack in the lush Seven Lakes Basin in Olympic National Park is on everyone's must-do list. it has it all--waterfalls, a ridge walk with mountain views, wildlife and beautiful lakes to swim in, if you dare. We'll hike 19 miles, plus optional side trips and wandering with 3,000 feet of elevation gain.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous, Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft

10:00 a.m. at Sol Duc Falls Trail head Saturday morning

The trail head is in the Sol Duc resort area of Olympic National Park, which is a 3.5 hour journey from Seattle, including ferry travel time, (if you time the ferry exactly right). While it's possible to take the 6:10 a.m. ferry from Seattle and drive to the trail head by 10:00, it's recommended that you plan to stay nearby on Friday night, either in Sol Duc or Port Angeles. The leader will plan a social gathering of dinner and/or drinks in Port Angeles Friday night, for those who are interested.

Saturday morning, we'll arrive at the Ranger Station in Port Angeles at 7:45 to collect the permit, then drive the 1 hour, 40 minutes to get to the Sol Duc trail head by 10:00 a.m. (Those not staying in Port Angeles can meet at the trail head.)

Please be aware, we hike out Monday morning, so plan to take the day off if you work M-F.

July 22:  Hike 5.6 miles from Sol Duc Falls Trail to Rocky Creek campsite, just past junction with Appleton Pass (5.6 miles from 2,000 to 3360'.)  (Optional side trip to Appleton Pass after we make camp.)

July 23: Hike 6.9 miles to Lunch Lake campsite.  Elevation gain from 3360' up to 5120 to Bogachiel Peak, then down to 4400' at campsite (side trips of exploring the lake, possible dips in the lakes, conditions permitting)

July 24:  Hike 6.8 miles up to 4880, then down past Deer Lake to 2000' Sol Duc Trailhead

Fitness level:  We will strive for 1.75-2.00 mph hiking speed with full packs; you'll need to be fairly fit to do this strenuous hike.

Conditions:  Due to the amount of snow last winter and a cool spring, we may have snow above 4000', so bring your micro spikes.  The leader will check with the ranger prior to the hike; itinerary changes may be required for safety. 

Food storage:  Bear canisters are required in the Seven Lakes Basin area. If you don't have a bear canister, you can purchase one at REI or other retailers. 

Check out the WTA description and read some exciting reviews about this hike.


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 required in Seven Lakes Basin
  • micro spikes
  • rain gear
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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