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

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide

Backpacking Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course
This is a three day, two night, 26+ miles backpack trip at a moderate/challenging pace
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Fri, Aug 9, 2019 - Sun, Aug 11, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
7 participants on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closes Jul 22
Foothills Branch

CHS 2 Hike - Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS 2 graduation hike led at a pace of 2.0-3.0 mph.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Sep 14, 2019
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Aug 21
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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