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Hiking The High Divide

The High Divide Loop (Seven Lakes Basin) - Olympic National Forest, WA

Each of the last three years the Olympics have call and I have answered with a backpack, bear canister, and sense of adventure.

Seven Lakes Basin is a basin located in the state of WashingtonOlympic National Park, 15 miles south of Lake Crescent. The trail to the basin is 19 miles (31 km) round trip with about 4,000 feet (1,200 m) of elevation gain. The loop trail starts by following the Sol Duc River near Sol Duc Hot Springs and eventually heads south and begins a rapid elevation gain. The trail winds out of the rain forest and eventually ends at the High Divide, a long steep ridge that runs along the south side of the basin, where there are prime views of Mt. Olympus and the Hoh River valley to the south and the Sol Duc valley to the north. To the east lie glacial fields.

LOCATION

Olympic Peninsula – Northern Coast

LENGTH

19.0 miles, roundtrip

ELEVATION

Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 5120 ft