The Royal Basin

Sequim, Washington

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This is a long (7-mile one-way) day hike or backpack from FR 2860 to Royal Lake. This trail provides one of the gentlest grades to an alpine lake in the Olympic Mountains. The trek begins on the Upper Dungeness Trail, which it follows for the first mile along the noisy course of the headwaters of the Dungeness River. A dense forest of young hemlocks is underlain by a carpet of duff and moss. After 1 mile a footbridge marks the spot where the Royal Basin Trail splits off to the right, climbing gently beside the rather milky waters of Royal Creek. As the valley bends to take on a southwesterly orientation, the trail leaves the stream to wander up a series of forested benches. Undergrowth plants such as vanilla leaf and bracken fern begin to invade the understory.
Hiking Olympic National Park

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Hiking Olympic National Park

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This is a long (7-mile one-way) day hike or backpack from FR 2860 to Royal Lake.

This trail provides one of the gentlest grades to an alpine lake in the Olympic Mountains. The trek begins on the Upper Dungeness Trail, which it follows for the first mile along the noisy course of the headwaters of the Dungeness River. A dense forest of young hemlocks is underlain by a carpet of duff and moss. After 1 mile a footbridge marks the spot where the Royal Basin Trail splits off to the right, climbing gently beside the rather milky waters of Royal Creek. As the valley bends to take on a southwesterly orientation, the trail leaves the stream to wander up a series of forested benches. Undergrowth plants such as vanilla leaf and bracken fern begin to invade the understory.

© 2015 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sequim
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 2,570 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Late June to mid-October
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: USGS Tyler Peak, Mount Deception; Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to The Royal Basin

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