Baldy - Olympic National Forest

Leland, Washington

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What could be more beautiful than hiking into Royal Basin? Hiking above it and looking down into that glacially carved valley flanked by towering spires and icy summits. The hike to Baldy is brutal—one of the steepest trails in the Olympics. One section gains more than 2700 feet in 2.1 miles. But the views are supreme: countless islands and mountains and broad emerald valleys. And at your feet, a brilliant alpine tundra flower garden. Start on the gentle Upper Dungeness Trail No. 833.2 through a cool forest of towering firs.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

What could be more beautiful than hiking into Royal Basin? Hiking above it and looking down into that glacially carved valley flanked by towering spires and icy summits. The hike to Baldy is brutal—one of the steepest trails in the Olympics.

One section gains more than 2700 feet in 2.1 miles. But the views are supreme: countless islands and mountains and broad emerald valleys. And at your feet, a brilliant alpine tundra flower garden. Start on the gentle Upper Dungeness Trail No. 833.2 through a cool forest of towering firs.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Leland
Distance: 10.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,475 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Mid-June to October
Features: Views, Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Maps: Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Baldy - Olympic National Forest

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