Mink Lake–Little Divide–Deer Lake Loop

This loop hikes brings together three hikes in one: Mink Lake, Little Divide and Deer Lake. It's 13.6 miles and 2,500 feet of elevation gain. Enjoy views of Mount Olympus and Bogachiel Peak while hiking up and a relaxing walk along the Sol Duc River on the way back to the trailhead.

on the trail

From Sol Duc Hot Springs hike up (south) on the Mink Lake Trail. Continue south to the junction with Bogachiel River and Deer Lake Cutoff Trails. Head east (left) down towards Deer Lake hiking through Little Divide (aka Low Divide). At Deer Lake, hike down (north) towards the Sol Duc River. At Sol Duc Falls, head west (left) on Lovers Lane Trail and back to Sol Duc Hot Springs.


  • Make this a shorter in-and-out day hike by only going as far as Mink Lakes or the junction with the Bogachiel River and Deer Lake Cutoff/Little Divide Trails.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 13.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft
  • 4,140 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
    Olympic Wilderness
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin - Hoh
  • Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climb No. 133S
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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