Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide

A moderate to strenuous backpack of 26 miles with 4,000 feet of gain in the west side of the Olympics. If you don't have a few days, there's a 15-mile day hike option for very strong hikers.

getting there

From US 101 turn into the Sol Duc Hot Spring Road and continue 14 miles to the parking lot at it's end.

on the trail

Suggested backpack itinerary

  • Day 1: Hike from Sol Duc to Appleton Pass/Oyster Lake.
  • Day 2: Hike to Seven Lakes Basin via Spread Eagle Pass, Swimming Bare Lake and then over past Heart Lake.
  • Day 3: Hike out via High Divide, Potholes Meadows, and Deer Lake.

day hike to Appleton Pass & Oyster Lake

This shorter option is perfect for those who want to see the area without taking  a few days to cover the entire High Divide/Seven Lakes Basin loop. From the Sol Duc trailhead to Appleton Pass and Oyster Lake it's 15.4 miles and 3,230 feet of elevation gain.


Scramble Mount Carrie (6,995 ft) and/or Cat Peak (5,940 ft), two of the first peaks in the Bailey Range, as part of your trip.


  • Consider spending two nights at Seven Lakes Basin, and bring your swimsuit if you dare.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Scrambling
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Strenuous
  • Length: 26.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • 5,474 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 8
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climb No. 133S
  • Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin - Hoh

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide

Day Hiking Trip
NOTE: Leader permission required. If you register without prior approval you will be canceled. Day
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Strenuous
Sat, Jul 28, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jul 26
Olympia Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Appleton Pass

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
This hike starts at Sol Duc and culminates at picturesque Appleton Pass. CHS hike led
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Strenuous
Sat, Aug 4, 2018
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration opens Jul 25
Seattle Branch
Trip Reports

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  • Seven Lakes Loop
  • Mount Carrie
  • Mount Carrie & Seven Lakes Loop
  • Appleton Pass
  • Appleton Pass & Oyster Lake

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