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Very nice hike! Sadly people can't seem to at least walk off the trail to relieve themselves though! lots of TP on the trail:(
But great work out, beautiful waterfalls and bridges!

A great hike today. Due to the snow fall the past two weeks, the last half of the trail still has snow on it ... so bring your trekking poles. :)

11 days ago

Beautiful hike with the snow! Still doable with hiking boots, but would recommend having something else, especially for going back down.

12 days ago

I can see how this trail could be really rewarding. Today the first couple miles had no snow but toward the lake it was snowy. There were several people stuck slipping and sliding but we marched right through with micro-spikes (highly recommended). The day was overcast and off and on rain. The Lake was mostly frozen. Fairly easy hike with mild elevation gain. Great trail!

Beautiful !!! Snowy closer to the top and the way down !!! Amazing family hike !!!❤️❤️

15 days ago

Royal Basin is the finest alpine area in the Dungeness watershed.Streams cross the trail regularly.In the southeast corner of the basin it's not to difficult to gain the top of Royal ridge.The view over the basin is magnificent.I like to drop in to Milk Creek and go over to the other side of Milk Creek basin,over to an magnificent viewpoint for Warrior,Mt.Con stance and Inner Constance.Some steep snow often.

Definitely a technical hike. You have to leap across three streams and traverse a landslide. The landslide was terrifying, serious risk of falling. View is incredible, the little shack at the top is a great place for lunch.

great scenery! enjoyed this hike!

Such a beautiful day and hike! It was quiet and beautiful and clear. Fresh snowfall early in the morning and myself and another group were the first ones up... It was a decent hike upwards for the first half, but nothing too difficult. Didn’t even need cramp-ons.

I took the Upper Lena Lake trail for a mile and turned around - it got way too slick and icy in patches. I have good boots, but not good enough for that one.

The hike down was much wetter and more slick. Not terrible, just had to be cautious. And there were a ton more people heading up as I finished (11:00-ish).

Definitely worth doing and the lake would be so beautiful to hang out at on a warm sunny day!

24 days ago

Hiked 2/12/18 and LOOOOVEEDD it. Would personally rate as easy, but that’s just me. Was a beautiful day and didn’t want to leave the lake.

We hiked this trail on a snowy February day, but when we arrived we only had sun. I'm from out of state, so perhaps this is a rain shadow hike? The trail is very well marked with pit toilets at the trailhead. I liked that the trail ascends very consistently at more or less the same incline. It made it more enjoyable but still enough of a challenge. For a winter hike, bring lots of layers. There was a lot of wind at the top and I quickly added about 3 layers to stay warm. My black lab mutt was shivering, so we had a coat and a backpack for her. When you get to the top down by the lake, the trail continues on the left a ways. Don't try to go right as the trail ends and there are large boulders. The trail only had a few muddy spots. There was a very thin layer of snow at the top. The lake itself is relatively large for an alpine lake. We arrived in the afternoon and had to sit in the shade along the shoreline. The drive to get here is also really pretty since you drive along the sound for a while.

Trails were in great condition! Just a little bit of snow closer to the lookout, not too much to see today at the lookout. Still, a very beautiful cold crisp winter hike.

Great hike, trails were perfect and weather was brisk but great. Not many out on this one today. Really loved it.

Beautiful way to spend a sunny winter day, steady uphill hike. Busy even on a cold day, better to start early before the crowds. Rocks and tree roots throughout the trail but still a very well maintained trail.

1 month ago

Loved this hike! The trail was in great condition. No snow on the ground, but it did start snowing heavier when we reached the top. Perfect for a cloudy day mid winter. Steady incline all the way up, and not a lot of views. Also, the road just before the trailhead from Port Angeles had a lot of pot holes.

What a beautiful day for a hike! Almost 60 degrees in the middle of January! The trails were in great condition still and the views from the lookout were especially spectacular today! The creek was a huge presence today. My only complaint would be too many dogs off leash.

2 months ago

This hike featured many waterfalls (several of which we had to walk though to continue on the trail). I would not take my kids on this again. One side of the trail is a straight drop down and it made me nervous having my 6 and 2 year old.

2 months ago

Did this as a day hike with a buddy. Other than me being a dumb dumb with new inserts it was a great trip. It was kind of chilly and windy so bugs were at a minimum. Stopped at the lower camp and was roomy as far as places to park gear but was hard to find water and good camp things. Upper camp much better for finding things like that and camping spots were pretty big and seemed to be enough. I would pay to stay up there. Didn’t make it to the lake at the top but that was my own fault. Early September

trail is in great shape and the streams are full of water and the falls look great. my wife and I did it clockwise which gives the best workout early in the hike. we went all the way up to the viewpoint and continued to to lower parking lot of the Ellinor trail before finishing the loop. all in all 8 miles and took us 3.5 hours.

Loved this hike. I absolutely plan to go back again and make it an overnight trip. It is steep so do be prepared for a bit of a workout but my biggest was actually over packing with my camera gear and preparing for a classic Olympic Peninsula rain. But it did stay dry and gorgeous the whole trip. There is also the short rock area which I would describe as a basic bouldering section. Not technical just make sure to watch your footing. Also one other thing, i went in early Sept. and the entire hike is was pestered by bees. Not sure if anyone experienced this, and it was not swarms nor did i receive any stings or anything but there always seemed to be one or two always following me. This was during mid day almost since I stayed up at the north end of the park and got a late start to the day. All in all though, the end location was absolutely worth the effort. Gorgeous lake with a mountain back drop. Could even see as far as Mt Rainier at some points of the trail

Beautiful Hike !!! Breath taking view of the lake

2 months ago

This trail was beautiful! It was nice and steady, pretty easy hike. The trail was in good shape, just a few little streams to pass over (didn’t even get the boots wet) No mud. The lake is beautiful, especially with the snow. Even for late December there was very little snow on the trail and easily managed. A lot of toe grabber rocks on the way down.

Nice trail thru the rainforest with moderate inclines. all sorts of things to enjoy. this trip will get you hooked on hiking!

Hard is better than moderate as a descriptor. Once in top, OMG! Truly amazing. Getting up. Was difficult, coming down even more so. Easier to follow game trails since the upper trail is poorly marked.

Beautiful! Explore as much as possible. We saw goats on the top of buckhorn and they ran by our campsite during the night

Amazing trails, technically challenging and absolutely awesome scenery. I took all the Boy Scouts on a fifty miler for their high adventure and it was amazing. Did the loop clockwise to avoid going up the miles of switchbacks by Lacrosse Pass and I would suggest that route to anyone doing the whole loop. Great hike.

This was great and beautiful! Went on the Saturday after thanksgiving but only passed a few groups along the way. Saw some elk and a mouse along the way :-). The trail is wet in parts so you’ll want waterproof hiking shoes. The road up to the trailhead does have a lot of potholes so be aware when driving. We aren’t experienced hikers and got a good sweat going but we were able to do the whole hike in about 2.5 hours (trailhead to pony bridge and back)

I hiked this with my family on Thanksgiving day. It's a little dicey of a drive from the lake, lots of pot hole dodging and water across the road because of snow melt from early snow and of course rain. We saw 4 elk grazing beside the road! Trail was well maintained though there was lots of water running on trail. With all the water came lots and lots of waterfalls! Big trees galore, mushrooms of all types and golden leaves still adorned the forest. Final destination, pony bridge, was spectacular! Big water, steep boulders and more big trees.

3 months ago

Road was in good condition and there was only very minor snow at the top on 11/19.

4 months ago

This was one the most beautiful hikes I have done in a long time. The lake was amazing!
Highly recommend!

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