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||Olympic National Park
||Head north on US 101, turn left on Louella Road, left on
Palo Alto Road which becomes road #28, keep right onto #2860, cross the
Dungeness River and park in the huge parking lot.
||2600 ft elevation gain
||14+ miles round trip
||9 out of 10
||Printable Topo Map
Royal Basin is a must do hike in Washington. This report does not do it
justice of just how beautiful it is up there.
You start out in the trees but soon the meadows are all around you.
This valley is very beautiful, with the occasional sight of a deer
grazing. The trail seems like it just meanders along the valley bottom for
along time then before the lake the trail steepens.
This was the first time in all my adventures that I seen somebody
hiking in coveralls-in fact the were two guys, that I will call "Bill
On our hike fairly early in the season we did hit some snow at Royal
Lake, but the sun came out so I went snokeling to find the fish. I caught
a few, but none of any size. No raft is needed at this lake, you can
almost cast across it, plus there is a trail around it.
The highlight of the trip was climbing the summit of Mt
hiking partner was feeling ill so I went up it solo. I climbed it with
minimal gear and my ice axe, had I owned crampons I would have used them.
It was named correctly, I thought I had made it only to find out it was
still quite-a-ways still to the top. The views on top were out of this
world, the Needles were just right there but being by myself did not even
think about attempting them.
Do it again? Yes
Wildernet - Royal Basin trip report
Sports - Royal
Basin trip report
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