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. And scramblers can ascend Cat Peak and/or Mount Carrie.

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 (2,000 ft).

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. The even more adveturous may climb from Mount Carrie to Mount Fairchild.


  • 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
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climb No. 133S
  • Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin - Hoh
  • USGS Mount Carrie
  • USGS Bogachiel Peak
Trip Reports

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

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