Hiking Olympic National Park
by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)
© 2015 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The write up from trails.com was all but useless. The directions to the trail head are not clear. Someone should actually go make the hike before they publish. In any event, ended up doing Mt. Townsend - excellent hike...
Easy trail to climb and about the right length for a beginner hiker like myself. Unfortunately the weather was not very cooperative. I would recommend taking this hike on a nice clear day. It was raining, and when we got to the top, there was no reward b/c we couldn't see more than 20 ft in front of us. I will do it again, though. Very clean trail. Also, most of the signs on the way to trail do NOT mention Mt. Zion, so don't think you're driving the wrong way. Mileage from turnoff in Quilcene is closer to 24 miles (not the 17 or 18 listed in the guide here).
This was a nice trail but not remarkable. The directions given were a little off as we got to the trailhead without leaving road 28.
Excellent hike! Easy 1 mile gradual hike to cutoff bridge with Dungeness River trail. 7 miles to Royal Basin area...pine forest (due to rain shadow, this is not a rain forest area), but nice to hike along the river most of the hike. Overall, a gradual ascent to basin. Plateau's just before basin in beautiful meadows. Here is where the amazing 360 views begin! Several campsites along Royal Lake. Watch out for mosquito's!! Camp here one night and then hike another 'long' mile to the actual basin for 2nd night. Great 2 night trip. Dueable in 1 night though. Can't say enough about the basin views up to peaks above - Mount Clark, Mount Deception, Mount Mystery, Mount Fricaba. Personally, I hiked up to 7,000 foot peak east of Mt. Deception. Amazing views of entire valley below and distant peaks to East and South. Dangerous climb on unstable shall. Experienced or stupid climbers only. Explore the Royal Basin. Worth it. WARNING: Olympic NP Wilderness Use Fees required. $5 per group, $2 per night/person. Call 360-565-3100 if questions. Driving directions: west of Sequium, L on Taylor Cut Off Rd, follow pink flags to Dungeness Area via FR 2880 and FR 2860 to trail head.
The perfect overnight adventure. Royal Creek leads you up a narrowing valley to Royal lake. A jewel enclosed by rugged peaks, the lake is the perfect spot for the weekend warrier. Be warned, snow likes to linger at this magical spot.
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