CHS 2 Hike - Royal Basin

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Royal Basin

OLYMPIC CAMPOUT WEEKEND! - CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph). Visit stunning Royal Lake and then Royal Basin with commanding views of the surrounding area and mountains along the way.

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

We will depart at 7AM from the group campsite in Dungeness Spit State Park, the site of the CHS Olympics Campout.  It is about a 1 hour and 25 minute drive from the campground to the trailhead.  Those planning to meet at the trailhead should be there by 8:30AM.

The hike will start at the Upper Dungeness Trailhead here:,-123.1781364,14.08z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x548fd1e6fd9ffc0d:0x22c9c7490406e526!8m2!3d47.8775433!4d-123.1373736!16s%2Fg%2F11bx1yz8qg?entry=ttu

A Northwest Forest pass or America the Beautiful pass are required for parking.

From the trailhead, we will take the Upper Dungeness Trail for about 1 mile, then we'll take a right on the Royal Basin trail.  After a further 6 miles we will reach the shores of Royal Lake.  We will take a short break at the lake before making our final push of less than 1 mile up to Royal Basin.  There we will take a longer break to eat lunch and enjoy the commanding views of the surrounding mountains and the blue tarns in the basin.  We will retrace our steps back to the trailhead.


Royal Basin

  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness

    Custom Correct Gray Wolf - Dosewallips

    USGS Mt Deception
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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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