Backpack - Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide


Backpack - Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide

Preference to Tacoma Branch Introduction to Backpacking Students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers on May 1.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 19.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

Meeting place and time will be sent to registered participants. It is a 3-hour drive from Tacoma to the Sol Duc Trailhead. 

From Port Angeles, follow US 101 west for 29 miles, passing Lake Crescent. About 2 miles beyond the Fairholm store, turn left onto the Sol Duc Hot Springs Road, which becomes Sol Duc Rd. Follow this road for 12 miles (passing the park entrance booth) to the end to the Sol Duc Trailhead.

Drivers will need an America the Beautiful (National Park) Pass.

Ah, the High Divide. This magical backpack is among the highlights of Olympic National Park.  We should see wildflowers galore, amazing views and, if we're lucky, bears (from afar).  Find an excellent description of this trip on WTA.

  • We will camp at Round Lake 6 miles), Hoh Lake, (3-3.5 miles depending on the route we choose plus an optional side trip to Bogachiel Peak)and Heart Lake Junction (3.5 miles). Our last day will be about 7.5 miles. 
  • We will split the cost of the permit ($25.20/person). Please note: if you sign up for this backpack and cancel at the last minute, you will still be responsible for your share. 
  • Bears canisters are required (and believe me, you'll be glad you have them!). You can rent a canister at the  Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.
  • This trip is listed as moderate and participants should be physically prepared for a multi-day trip with considerable mileage and elevation. When requesting leader permission, please include a list of recent and planned backpacks before this trip and describe your training plan. 



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
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

he 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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