High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop

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High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop is a 17.6 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
17.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5495 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

backpacking
12 days ago

We started off our day at the ranger station where we got our bear can and permit. We were lucky enough to be assigned two great camp spots for our three day/two night adventure. Day one at Sol Duc Park, and day two at Lunch Lake. It was a long steady hike to Sol Duc Park (around 8mi). We took leisurely breaks here and there, picked some berries, enjoyed the streams. I wanted to do this hike primarily for the wildlife and the views of Mount Olympus. Hikers kept passing us talking about a bear ahead on the trail, but we never ran into it. Later, after being at our camp and all set up, someone informed us that one was just at Heart Lake swimming. So of course we made our way up there for a "quick" peek. Quite a steep jaunt even for my partner and I who are in our early 20s and reasonably fit. We caught it just as the bear peacefully climbed up the side of the ridge. My first sighting in the wild!

The first morning we woke up to very stuffy noses and the smell of smoke from all of the wildfires currently burning in eastern Washington and Oregon. Unfortunately it remained smoky for the rest of our journey. The hike from Sol Duc Park to Lunch Lake is pretty nice. It starts out pretty steep between Sol Duc Park and High Divide. When we reached the High Divide, it was so smoky we only saw a part of Mount Olympus. Kind of disappointing, so with this we took the lake trails (possibly the y lake trail but it didn't match up exactly on my recording) to Lunch Lake. At Lunch we set up our camp and went down to cool off and enjoy the water. I heard some loud splashing, and looked across the way to see a bear also enjoying the lake. It stayed around for a good 15 minutes before heading towards the way we entered lunch lake. Around dusk, a mother deer and her baby walked right by our camp, another group came by a little later. Our hike out was relatively easy, but long. The first portion getting out of lunch and getting back up to the High Divide, is a steep one. Definitely want to come back around later September/October or next spring. Trail loop is also probably closer to 20 miles.

17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

My wife and I did this day hike and went all the way to Lunch Lake before heading back and didn't have time to do the high divide as it was 7:30 pm when we got back to the trailhead. We wouldn't have descended to Lunch Lake but just viewed the Seven Lake basin from the top and then head to the divide.

backpacking
18 days ago

I did this as a backpacking trip with 2 nights and 3 days. I had a late start the first day and was supposed to go to Lunch Lake for the night, but ended up turning back because of a mama bear and cub on the trail that didn't seem too keen on leaving. I spent the first night in Deer Lake, then hiked to Sol Duc Park the next day, and then out on the third. The views were amazing, but definitely a lot of work! It didn't help that I soloed, so my pack was heavy. I didn't see any rangers on the trail, however there is a LOT of wildlife activity (bears, elk, mountain goats) so to the person asking about a dog, I would definitely not recommend bringing the dog for the safety of both the dog and the wildlife.

backpacking
23 days ago

I have not done this hike yet but am hoping it's a 5 star! I have been wanting to find something moderate for my first overnight backpacking trip. I have a few friends to come along, but was just wondering how big they are at enforcing the no dog rule? I have a dog who comes with me on every hike I go on and I was really hoping she could be a part of my first backpack trip. Any info would help tremendously! Thanks everyone!
Christel Pat

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Great day hike! If you're in reasonable fitness this isnt a bad walk, (about 8hrs). Nice and steady going up, and the views on top are incredible. The walk along the river back does drag a little after the climb up and down.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was beautiful, we did it as along day hike but would be great for backpacking which most others were doing.

backpacking
1 month ago

Excellent Trail, definitely difficult. Heavy mosquito and black fly presence in early August, prepare accordingly. Definitely an unforgettable trail.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Learnt a lesson, maybe book Backcountry in the mountains in August not July! It's too late to tell you we had quite a bit of snow July 8,9,10 on Appleton Pass, the high divide abandoned trail and loop. But we did it. We had gators poles and crampons. Only used the crampons a bit on the divide... we did not stay at Lunch lake on our last night because it was pretty frozen. Heart Lake was my favourite camp. But I did see a lone tent spot on the Divide!! Such a great time!!! I could say so much more ♡✌︎ ps downloaded all trails pro because of all the snow. No regrets ↟↟↟

1 month ago

Up up up. Don't forget to stop at the beautiful falls along the trail. Deer Lake is amazing. It's only four miles in if you don't want to do the whole loop. Saw a black bear walking up the path right at me but was able to easily shoo it off. Modest snow at the top, very doable. Loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Wow, what an unforgettable experience! Day hiked the entire loop, took about 9.5 hours. Did this hike on July 2nd, and there was lots of snow higher up. Many people I passed were wearing crampons, would definitely recommend bringing those or at least yak traks. I did it with just a pair of sneakers, and it was definitely sketchy at parts. The trail was very hard to follow in the snow, thankfully I have all-trails pro and had a downloaded map of the route. Would definitely recommend having that if you go in early July.

The views. Omg. Amazing.

3 months ago

Completed about a quarter of this and was forced to stop due to deep snow. Unless you have crampons, snow shoes, or ice axe, the higher elevations are currently impassable. We stayed the night at sol duc river campsite which was nice.