Explore the most popular river trails near Sequim with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
23 days ago

Beautiful trail. The last few miles up to the lake are pretty steep but worth the views.

Did this trail as a day hike in July - it was doable, but I’m sure it would be more enjoyable as a backpacking trip. Be prepared for sore feet if you do it in a day. After you get to the lake, make sure you take the side trip past the “ranger station” (aka wooden platform) to Royal Basin Falls. We also went to the large meadow above the lake, but did not go all the way to the Upper Basin. Beautiful hike and worth the pain :)

camping
1 month ago

Hiked this last month. The B17 crash is really cool. It’s a steep hike but I highly recommend. We ended up camping at Buckhorn lake and summiting buckhorn mountain. It’s a gorgeous area.

backpacking
1 month ago

The lower half of this hike is quite enjoyable, but the upper portion was a bit dry/exposed for my taste. If doing an out-and-back, I would stop at the top of the ridgeline where views are best. The descent to Boulder Camp is good as a place to stay if you are overnighting.

P. S. If you intend on visiting Buckhorn Lake, be prepared to face the wrath of biting insects of all kinds. My dogs and I were essentially forced to camp here for a night after we stopped here originally intending to get in a small snack, rest, and shade before pressing on. Despite generous amounts of picaridin lotion and personal netting, we were so quickly overwhelmed by the insects that I had to set up my tent and wait for dusk to even filter water. I'm talking biting flies 1/2" long, mosquitoes that use those as a distraction to get you anywhere you aren't 110% covered in deterrent, and a host of other biters that hardly mind the taste of bug deterrents. Once we were in the tent, the large ones literally began ramming/bouncing off the tent like miniature homing missiles relentlessly until dusk. All we heard for hours was continual buzzing punctuated by regular taps akin to the sound of pebbles being flicked at my tent. They were back by first light as well...

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail all around.

hiking
2 months ago

This is an amazing trail to hike. There is tons of wildlife, flowers and even snow in certain spots. You will encounter quite a bit of different terrain so be ready. Highly recommend carrying a weapon or two on this trail(gun, knife) as there are cougars and other potentially dangerous animals. All in all, it's a great hike.

2 months ago

Lots of time in the woods. Lake is beautiful. Bring bug spray!

backpacking
2 months ago

A tough at times hike but absolutely worth it. Drive to trailhead is along a one-lane dirt road going into the mountains, nothing too scary but be ready to pullover for traffic. Beginning of hike is fairly flat and easy, but after a few hours you'll get into some steep elevation gains. Nothing hairy, just exhausting, especially if you're bringing a fully loaded pack. When you get to towards the first basin it may be incredibly buggy, bring some spray. Great views of the glacial mountains along the way. Once you get to Royal Lake you'll be tempted to chill or swim in the beautiful blue water, but if you've got the energy definitely continue on to the to upper basin. By the end you'll have seen some beautiful meadows and another stunning glacial lake surrounded by snowy mountains.

If camping, the lake campsites looked nice, but there's a number of sites. If looking for something more private, consider the Lower Royal Meadow sites, there were only 2 that I saw. You're right next to the creek so easy to filter water. Was really buggy, but I don't think you can get away from that anywhere. Quite chilly at night as well.

hiking
3 months ago

I spontaneously did the Lower Grey Wolf as a solo hike to the river and it was very nice. Some great views and lots of beautiful wildflowers in the meadows at the beginning of the trail. Beware of nettles they will get ya. No one else on the trail and I will not do it solo again. It’s not heavily trafficked -the memorial at the trail head is a good reminder

Road conditions are in good condition just be a little cautious of the narrow road. The hike was beautiful and had plenty of views including a black tail only 5 feet from me which was pretty cool. Will definitely come back for the other trails.

An amazing trail. Our group goes back every year. Next trip tomorrow can’t wait.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful, but David Pucci (below) was absolutely right. On May 18, 2018, three hikers found the remains of a 24-year-old solo hiker near the Gray Wolf Trail. The group of three hikers were about six miles down the trail at an area of a bridge washout when they discovered what appeared to human remains about 300 feet down in a ravine. Please respect the signs and turn around when the trail ends. Even an experienced hiker can have a bad day, or have the conditions be just wrong for scrambling on the unimproved trail a previous hiker used to make a "loop" out of an out-and-back. Peace, Love, and Hike with a Friend.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy to follow trail, if you are going to Tull Canyon for the B17 wreckage keep an eye on your GPS some recent tree falls make the trail a bit tough to spot. Copper Creek area is another place to have a GPS out. the trail dumps you in a series of open clearings used for camping and there is no defined place to cross the creek. Easy to lose the trail on the other side. Same with some of the switchbacks, there are downed trees on the switchback and easy to follow game trails to lead you astray. I made it to Buckhorn pass before the trail disappeared under 5ft of snow. Will do again in a few months...

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike. There are a couple of stream crossings, so I'd definitely recommend waterproof hiking boots, especially if you're going to the plane wreck.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike, gradual incline. Totally missed going up Tull Canyon. But there was snow up about 3.6 miles up the trail. We had lunch next to the creek. Trail was well maintained and easy to follow. Lots of wreckage to be seen.

backpacking
6 months 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice out and back trail, as of Jan 20 2017 there is a slide at mile 4.2 that closes the trail. Seriously it is not safe to go past the log in the trail that says "end" on it. you slip you will end up in the river a long way down. If you are planning a through hike use the Slab Creek trail. Otherwise there are a couple of camping spots near the river, water is easy to come by and the trail was in good shape with a little mud and one or two blow-downs (expected in January). Trailhead parking is limited to a half dozen cars.

hiking
8 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

hiking
10 months ago

We didn't have 4 wheel drive and were a little nervous getting to the trailhead, but we made it in and out without any real hiccup (though we moved sloooowly).

The trail was fairly flat and beautiful! It was an easy hike to the first mine opening. Our goal was the plane wreck, which was a steep hike, and far more challenging than the first bit, though it only took about 15 minutes from the mine. By here, there was snow covering much of the ground, and plenty of places where you wouldn't want to slip off the trail.

To get to the plane wreck, go around and past the rock that the mine shaft is in to the left. people talk about a sign that is hard to find, but even if you do it isn't clear where it leads.

Beautiful day for a hike. Be advised that trail ends at 4.2 miles due to landslides. Trail up to that point is very well maintained!

on Royal Basin Trail

hiking
11 months ago

The trail is in good condition with only two trees to climb over. Mostly dry rift now.

hiking
11 months ago

We did this hike as a day trip from Seattle. Lots of driving but completely worth it. The drive is very straightforward, with good signage on the FS roads. We arrived at the trailhead at about 830 and were surprised to see 20-30 cars already there. It turns out most were not headed up to Royal Basin, we didn't see many people on the trail.

The hike itself is wonderful. It starts out in a dense forest, gradually ascending next to a mountain stream. The forest is thickly carpeted in a layer of moss. After a few miles, the moss fades as you enter more of an alpine forest, through a few meadows and with the occasional view of the valley ahead. The trail continues through this picturesque alpine forest and eventually hits the Royal Lake, a great spot for a break. There were a few birds in the area aggressively trying to steal our snacks, literally attempting to grab them out of our hands. Once past the lake, there's another beautiful meadow and a short trail to the ranger station, which is a platform with a backpacking tent setup on it. Definitely head down this detour - shortly past the ranger station is a great waterfall to explore. Back on the main trail, it's a quick hike up through more meadows and into some rocky terrain to the basin, which was our lunch spot. If you make it to the lake, don't stop there, the basin is totally worth the short extra hike. We stayed there for a while, ate lunch, and headed all the way back down. Much of the trail is criss-crossed by numerous animal trails. We saw a bunch of deer, a couple crossed the trail very close to us. They were surprisingly comfortable coexisting with humans. It didn't seem like they were looking for food, they simply trusted that we weren't a threat in any way, which was a very cool experience.

Overall, the hike is a gradual to moderately steep incline throughout. Nothing too tough. According to the Green Trails Map, round trip to the basin is 8.6 miles each way for a total round trip of 17.2. Including about an hour for lunch and frequent water breaks, the total hike time for us was about 9 hrs. If you're thinking about doing this in a single day (definitely doable) during the late summer/early fall time frame, I would recommend leaving the trailhead no later than 9 am to allow plenty of hiking time and enough daylight to complete the hike safely.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Great trail to see a crashed B17

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Trail is in awesome shape. Long drive to get there, hike up Tull Canyon and take a look at the old B-17 crash site of 1952. Trail up Tull Canyon is quite the climb, but well worth it. Enjoy everybody!

backpacking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

I needed a short backpack trip to shake out the cobwebs, so I decided to spend the night on the lower Grey Wolf, one of my favorite day hikes. Glorious weather, and there has been some work on the trail, so the trail is in great shape. I set up camp in the site just north of the overused 2-mile camp that is right on the river. After I set up camp, I discovered that the city folk who do not have a clue about back country etiquette have been using this bucolic campsite as their crapper. OMG! Who takes a dump at the edge of a great campsite, simply because it is a short distance from their campsite? Apparently, several people at least.

If you are reading this, and think it is OK to just crap on the ground, leave your toilet paper on top, and drop a few pieces of tree bark on top of that mess, please go out and get a copy of "How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art" by Kathleen Meyer. Please. Or read about it on the Internet.

That was the only downside to this beautiful little trek. The Giant Trees trail is overgrown but still navigable.

Please note that the Lower Grey Wolf Trail will be closed the weekend of September 30 / October 1 for fish habitat restoration.

backpacking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

tough hiking because it's long
but so worth it

backpacking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

There is fresh evidence of a bear living in the mine shaft above the mine tailings. I came across the mine while on a stroll. I got about halfway back armed with only a cell phone flashlight and a plastic poop shovel before realizing the situation... There is a mine shaft as soon as the Tull Canyon trail breaches off to the left. Plenty of camping spots around the old mining area. Don't forget to check out Tull Canyon! Also, if you have time after seeing up camp, a hike to Marmot Pass would take you 3 hours or so and it is breathtaking! No water after you leave the mining area though..

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fun hike though I was unable to find the plane wreck.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

A beautiful trail along the river, not difficult and with many great views. The drive in and out is a bit hairy as the road is narrow and has no barrier and a long drop off. I'll definitely go back again but the friend who went with me was terrified of the drive and will never go back! There are many hiking trails up in that area, can't wait to see more of them!

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