Deer Lake & Bogachiel Peak

A moderate, 8 mile round trip hike with 1,600 feet of elevation gain to a very strenuous hike of 16 miles and 3,450 feet of elevation gain. The trail winds up Canyon Creek to Deer Lake with the possibility of continuing up towards Bogachiel Peak.

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deer lake

Travel through old growth forest past Sol Duc Falls, and right (south) along Canyon Creek, to the lovely subalpine setting of Deer Lake surrounded by meadow and conifers, wildflowers and huckleberries in season. Deer often visit lake.  It's 7.5 miles round trip with 1,600 feet of elevation gain and a 3,550 ft high point elevation.

Bogachiel Peak

Continue on the High Divide Trail from Deer Lake towards Bogachiel Peak as far as you wish.  In total, it's 16 miles round trip with 3,450 feet of elevation gain and a 5,474 ft high point elevation if you go all the way to Bogachiel Peak.


  • Head back via Little Divide & Mink Lake from Deer Lake to make it a loop trip.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate, Very Strenuous
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,450 ft
  • 5,474 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climb No. 133S
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  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

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