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High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop is a 19 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Forks, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Length 19.0 mi Elevation gain 5,308 ft Route type Loop
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Snow No dogs
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Most people choose to do this hike counterclockwise, but it can be done either way. Olympic National Park provides a limited number of permits for overnight campers. Reservations for trips between May 1 and September 30 are strongly advised and can be made by mail or fax beginning February 15. Half of the sites are reserved for walk-up requests made to the Wilderness Information Center. Bear canisters are required for this hike and can be rented from the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.

National Parks Pass is required to park here

Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center 3002 Mount Angeles Road Port Angeles, WA 98362 Tel: 360.565.3100

Directions from junction of Highway 101 and Sol Duc River Road: Drive southward on the Sol Duc River Road 14 miles to roads end and the Sol Duc Trailhead. From this trailhead walk southeastward along the Sol Duc Trail less than a mile to the Canyon Creek Trail. Cross the river and hike 3 miles southward to Deer Lake and the beginning of the High Divide Trail.

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Meghan J
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Backpacking

We hiked 9/2-9/4, so it was pre-wildfires and still clear skies and air. This loop is so dynamic with elevation changes and terrain changes. There are plenty of amazing vistas. Though no maps show it, there IS a trail that cuts through the basin from the bottom, all the way across. Ripe blueberries for the picking seemingly everywhere, again in early Sept. They tasted the best around Heart Lake, which is also where we spent the 2nd night. Dipped in the lake, it was so refreshing. We saw three black bears while there, different times, at least two of them different bears. They were all minding their own, heads to the berries. We also hung out with a foraging flock of sooty grouse in the morning at our campsite. Camped at Deer Lake 1st night. Both campsites were so beautiful. Highly recommend.

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pbhaddon .
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Camping

Hiked long way to Lunch Lake and camped there for the night- make sure to have your permit! Got a little late start to got there nearly 7pm. This and the Enchantments were my favorite two trails in WA- the views from the top cannot be surpassed. Make sure to leave more time and mileage for all the lake off chutes. Tough hike but so worth it! Plenty of spots to fill up water along the way. Sat and ate breakfast off the main trail near junction of Lunch Lake watching/listening to a herd of elk bugle in a meadow in the distance. I will never forget it. Eyes and ears open- tons of wildlife!

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Kevin Janders
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HikingGreat!

Is this area Smokey as of 9/13/20 because of wild fires? Smoke is surrounding the northwest it’s odd that this one place is not Smokey but may have the possibility to become Smokey mid hike?

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Chloe Pierson
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CampingBugsMuddyRocky

Very beautiful trail with tons of awesome glacial lakes. Quite a bit of elevation gain. Saw a bear near heart lake. As of early September, ripe blueberries the whole way. The rockslide near lunch lake is no big deal, a new trail is forming.

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Brett Johnson
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Nature tripsGreat!

Excellent trail with amazing views. Some people complete the loop in a day but i did it in 3. Even took a side adventure to Hoh Lake. Amazing hike.

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Conor Mackin
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Camping

Beautiful trail! Hiked counter clockwise via Mink Lake and the little divide. Stayed the night along the way, which I highly recommend, and loved camping!

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Stefan -
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HikingGreat!

Amazing! Not too hard, just long. Lakes are amazing. Take a swim half way. Good for recovery.

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Alex Lambert
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HikingGreat!

Crazy hard on the way up but worth every step for the view. Did it in two days and that was pushing it

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Bao La
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Running

Fun loop for a day hike. Saw 3 dears, 2 bears, 2 chipmunks, and lots of birds. Start at 7AM 9/9/20, counterclockwise, and finished at 5PM. Eating lunch at Bogachiel Peak, with beautiful view of Mt. Olympus.

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Chris Coz
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Chris Coz
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Shaun Kutch
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April Goodall
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Steve Jamison
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HikingGreat!

I took my new girlfriend on this hike from California. Beautiful hike. I did not disclose how far it was. She’s not sure if she’s dating me anymore. LOL. Actually we loved the views and she did better than me. PS. Start early.

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Shaun Kutch
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Shaun Kutch
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Jonah Vo
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HikingGreat!

Simply Amazing. Went counter clockwise. So worth it. Our feet are killing us.

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Brennan Hays
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Hiking

The rock cairn portion blew my knee out. views were spectacular. Pain was not. Went counterclockwise staying at heart lake.

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Bill Rowe
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Hiking

We hiked it counter-clockwise Aug 25-27. Busy trail...so parking may be tight. The climb to Deer Lake, and then on up to the Divide is difficult, given the gain in elevation, but the trail is in excellent condition, which helps a lot. We met a Forest Ranger (Levi T.) near Deer Lake who was extremely helpful and welcoming, and it helped us with our understanding of what was to come. The climb through the forest is gorgeous, and Deer Lake is an exceptionally beautiful Alpine Lake. Once we got up on the Divide we hiked east to the Lunch Lake turn off. I've hiked across a lot of boulder fields, but the one just before the turnoff is in a class all by itself. It's hard to explain, but it looks as if 50 acres of the mountain exploded upward, then collapsed in a giant heap of broken boulders and rocky debris. Take it slowly and carefully. Follow the cairns. The descent into the Seven Lakes Basin is steep, but the view is really nice. We camped at Lunch Lake. There are roughly 10 campsites there. If you are a hammock camper, be aware that appropriate spots are very limited, but finally I found a couple of spots that would work (not in an approved campsite). We were concerned about mosquitos, but found them to be only a minor irritation. Highs in the mid 70s...lows down to mid 40s at night. Water was nice in Lunch Lake and we swam off the rocks in the SW corner of the lake. Rather than hike back out the way we came in, we found an unmarked trail along the eastern edge of Lunch Lake that heads SE up by Mirror Lake all the way to the Divide. The climb is much more gradual this way, but it joins the Divide east of Bogachiel Peak...so you'll miss that if you go this way. The views off the Divide are stunning...best ever for me...don't think I could ever top this. Mount Olympus to the South, and gorgeous valleys in all directions. The weather was clear and mild, so this was the highlight of the hike for all of us. We made our way down to Heart Lake (pretty...in an Alpine meadow...with a really nice campsite on a bluff overlooking the lake), then turned down the valley to follow the Sol Duc River Trail, and make our way to camp at Lower Bridge Creek. Along the way we spotted a bear way off to the east high up on a mountainside. After safely admiring him from afar, we took off again, only to turn a corner five minutes later to suddenly stumble upon a 300 pound bear 25 feet ahead of us in full-on berry chomping mode. It was an underwear changing moment for us...but he completely ignored us as he slowly wandered about mowing down the berries efficiently. After taking a hundred photos, we tip-toed by him and put a big check mark in the "see a bear" box. The next morning, we packed up and hiked the rest of the way out to the trailhead. The campsites along the Sol Duc are really nice between Sol Duc #2 and Rocky Creek...much better than the one we camped in at Lower Bridge Creek. Overall...I cannot imagine ever being able to top the views and beauty of this trail. If you are thinking of hanging up your hiking shoes...make this your Grand Finale.

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Andrew Dalton
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Sydney Lewis
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Adam Bernberg
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HikingBugs

Did an overnighter and backpacked to Lunch Lake going around the loop clockwise. The trail and views were outstanding - especially at High Divide looking out towards Blue Glacier. Only complaint, which actually put a damper on the entire trip, was that the mosquitos were really unbearable in the basin and around Lunch Lake. We brought fly rods, but just hoped into our tent once we arrived in an attempt to evade being eaten by the mosquitos. Even in the morning we skipped breakfast and hurried out of the basin. Hoping to do again in the fall when the bugs simmer down.

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Prasad Shivanna
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Arjun Adhia
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Jihyun Chung
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Greyson Nguyen
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Nature tripsGreat!

This trail was both physically challenging and mentally soothing. I camped here to catch a glimpse of the sunset and sunrise and I was amazed and taken away by the beauty this trail led me on. From the beautiful forest to the lakes, and to the mountains, this trail leads you to all! Saw a lot of bears and wild flower. Just a reminder, if you do decide to camp on the high ridge, please please be prepared for low temperature and strong wind. Bring an electric heating pad to keep your body warm and definitely triple layer-up in clothing! It gets really cold on the ridge. Must do trail if you visit ONP!

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Elsa Tasse
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HikingGreat!

Amazing views! Not easy but definitely worth it. We did it in two nights counterclockwise. Going down on the north side was a little hard on the knees as there is a lot of stairs.

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