Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Royal Basin

Field trip: Introduction to Backpacking

Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Royal Basin

Preference to Tacoma Introduction to Backpacking students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers to register on April 30.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2 mph

We will meet at the Sequim Bay State Park at 9AM on Friday and caravan to the trailhead.  Note: we cannot leave any vehicles overnight at the state park - all carpools need to be prearranged from home.

Permit fee is $19/person - payable to leader prior to hike

Preference to Tacoma Introduction to Backpacking students. Trip will open to all Mountaineers to register on April 30.  Backpacking Students may request leader permission  starting March 27th.  Being accepted does not guarantee you a spot as you will still have to register.

Take a two-night backpacking trip to Royal Basin in Olympic National Park. Hike through beautiful trails, camp by a crystal-clear lake, and explore snow-capped peaks and meadows. Immerse yourself in the serene wilderness for an unforgettable experience in the Olympics.

Completion of this trip may satisfy one of several iconic backpacking routes listed in the Gold, Silver, or Bronze Backpack badges. Award badges are open to any member to earn.  

Note that this trip is dependent on competitive permits, which go on sale April 15th.  Our plan is to camp both Friday & Saturday nights at the Royal Lake Campground.

Day 1: Upper Dungeness TH to Royal Lake 6.8 Miles, 2,834 ft
Day 2: Royal Lake to upper Royal Lake & viewpoint R/T 2.8 miles 774 ft
Day 3: Royal Lake to Upper Dungeness TH 6.8 Miles, 306 ft

A Northwest Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass is required for parking.

Bear Canisters are required! 

Route/Place

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.
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

To be discussed at lecture for Introduction to Backpacking course students.

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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