CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Royal Basin

One of the top 100 hikes in Washington state, on the east side of Olympic National Park. The trail cuts through the Royal Creek vale to a lake beneath snow capped mountains. This hike offers views of wild rivers, old-growth huge trees, waterfalls, alpine lakes and tarns, all surrounded by both snow-covered as well as dry, craggy mountains. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,650 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Meeting place and time via email. Options will be to meet at trailhead or at the Edmonds-Kingston ferry. The forest road to the trailhead is long and gravelly but doable for most vehicles (approximately 16 miles).

Please note that hike leaders will change the destination to a closer location with similar conditioning stats for smoke, severe heat, or other poor weather.


Royal Basin

  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness

    Custom Correct Gray Wolf - Dosewallips

    USGS Mt Deception
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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