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Seven Lakes Basin

Highlights

  • Amazing high country of the Olympics!
  • Stunning alpine lakes & wildflowers
  • Great opportunities for wildlife viewing
  • Breathtaking, panoramic views of the Olympic mountains
  • Scenic waterfalls and lush rainforests

Description

Do you have limited time and want to pack as much in as you can in 3 days? If so, this trip is for you! We traverse through a dramatic rainforest to high alpine lakes and stunning panoramas on this 3 day loop hike, making it a fantastic trip to do over a long weekend or as an add-on to more extensive traveling!
A moderate first day takes us up to our first night at Deer Lake, while day 2 delivers the big punches: a steep ascent up to the High Divide Trail, with views of Mount Olympus, the Seven Lakes Basin, and the Hoh River Valley. We'll summit Bogachiel Peak, see alpine lakes, enjoy wildlflowers, watch for Olympic marmots and mountain goats, and soak in the views for several miles before dropping into beautiful Heart Lake for the second night. We’ll finish the hike by descending the Sol Duc River trail, back into moss-covered spruce and fir forests and tumbling Sol Duc Falls. Photo opportunities, wildlife, and serenity abound.
We're here 7 days a week to answer any questions you have about this trip - 800-715-HIKE (4453)!
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 800-715-HIKE.

 

Photos of Olympic National Park

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to the trailhead: 3.5 hours
Hiking Mileage: 3.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1650 feet


This multi-day Olympic National Park hiking trip begins with pick you up at your hotel in Olympia, and a scenic drive to the trailhead on the Olympic Peninsula. We’ll take a ferry across the Puget Sound, and make a quick stop for a view of the Straits of Juan de Fuca and/or beautiful Lake Crescent before continuing to our trailhead at the Sol Duc River. After lunch at the trailhead we’ll get our packs on for a short 3 and a half mile hike to our first camp at the appropriately named Deer Lake.

We'll set up camp, enjoy a tasty backcountry dinner and possibly enjoy a sunset walk before turning in for a wonderful night of sleep.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 6.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1750 feet


Today we connect with the High Divide Trail and traverse east, topping out on the summit of Bogachiel Peak at 5,474’ (a high elevation for this coastal range), with panoramic views of Mount Olympus, the Seven Lakes Basin, the Hoh River Valley, and more. Alpine wildflowers appear as soon as the snow melts, so our odds of finding spectacular wildflowers are good all summer long and will vary depending on our elevation. We'll continue along the High Divide Trail for a few more miles until we drop down into Heart Lake for the night, a gorgeous alpine tarn tucked away in a magnificent basin. We'll celebrate this amazing day with another hearty backcountry feast!


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles
Elevation Loss: 1860 feet
Shuttle to Olympia: 3.5 hours


From Heart Lake we bid farewell to the high alpine terrain and descend towards the lower valleys and home. Switchbacks take us rapidly down to the Sol Duc River. Then a pleasant walk through the moss-covered river valley, with one last stop at dramatic Sol Duc Falls, delivers us back to our vehicle, and to the long, beautiful shuttle back to Olympia.


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Olympic National Park hiking guide
  • Comprehensive, roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Olympia and back
  • All entrance fees, permits and passes
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

This trip originates in Olympia, Washington. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before the trip start date to coordinate the pre-trip orientation, which will be at 5:00 PM at the Hotel RL Olympia (we recommend staying here as well - mention you're hiking with us and get a discounted rate as low as $99, 360-943-4000). If you're staying at the Governor Hotel (our other recommended hotel, 20% discount), we're happy to pick you up for the orientation. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, lodging and more.


Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day's pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally before 5 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on Olympic backpacking trips is 5 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park covers a dramatic diversity of terrain from seashores to rainforests to alpine peaks and glaciers. The weather will be largely dependent on which trip you sign up for and which ecosystem you will be hiking in. Read below for average high and low temperatures in different parts of Olympic National Park:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
         
 
Month
Coast
Mountains
 
 
hi
low
Precip
hi
low
Precip
 
 
June
66°
47°
3.8 in
53°
36°
3.9 in
 
 
July
70°
50°
2.8 in
62°
42°
2.1 in
 
 
August
72°
50°
2.8 in
63°
43°
2.2 in
 
 
September
69°
47°
4.4 in
57°
39°
4.7 in
 
 
October
42°
59°
11 in
47°
32°
8.5 in