Baldy - Olympic National Forest

Leland, Washington 98368

Baldy - Olympic National Forest

Baldy - Olympic National Forest Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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"Before I give all the usual glowing reports about how beautiful this hike is, I feel obligated to say that most readers should probably forget all that and not take this trip.

There’s no two ways about it—this is a punishing hike on a ridiculously steep trail that will really test your lungs and thighs on the way up. And you won’t get a break on the way back down either because your knees and toes will surely complain about all the pounding and jamming. Also, on the descent, you will need to be very careful with your footing to avoid a fall at places with loose pebbles. Thus, only the strongest and most sure-footed hikers should take this trip."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
10.4 miles
4,475 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Mid-June to October
Views, Wildflowers
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Contacts
Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Local Maps

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Oct 2018