Royal Creek Trail 832

Olympic National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain372ft
Trailhead Elevation2,730ft
Elevation Min/Max2661/2854ft
Elevation Start/End2730/2729ft

Royal Creek Trail 832

Royal Creek Trail #832 is a hiking and horse trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Forest. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 2,730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 372 feet. This trail connects with the following: Upper Dungeness Trail #833.2, Lower Maynard Burn Trail and Royal Basin Trail.

Royal Creek Trail #832 Professional Guides

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Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides)
Nathan and Jeremy Barnes
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"Take on this 16.0-mile hike out to a set of pristine alpine lakes. Portions of this trail are in wilderness areas that require additional permits to stay overnight. Contact the ranger station for more information. The trail begins at Upper Dungeness Trailhead #833.2, a parking area along FR 2870 near the Dungeness River. Climb up the Dungeness River Trail through looming moss-covered firs and thick underbrush for about a mile to a junction pointing you toward Royal Basin. Sheltered under the thick forest canopy, begin the long trek to the lake alongside the constant burbling of Royal Creek, your companion for nearly the entire journey."
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Hike to a beautiful subalpine lake that’s flanked by some of the highest and most craggy snow-and ice-covered peaks in the Olympic Mountains. The trip is long, but much of the way is gentle, through primeval forests up a deep valley and along a crashing, milky creek fed by glaciers high above. Start on the popular Upper Dungeness Trail No. 833.2 on a gentle grade through ancient groves of towering firs. Dogs are prohibited at park boundary."
Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"A more than suitable playground for even the most finicky monarch, Royal Basin is a multileveled alpine bowl that sits directly beneath some of the tallest, most rugged, and most beautiful peaks in the Olympic Mountains. The outstanding scenery here has drawn legions of admirers for decades, so don’t expect to be alone. To protect this area from overuse, the National Park Service requires a limited-use permit for all overnight travel into the basin between May 1 and September 30. These permits are available by reservation only (no firstcome, first-serve permits are set aside) and must be obtained from the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles. To apply for a reservation, visit the park’s website (, download a Wilderness Camping Permit Reservation Request form, fill out your information and planned itinerary, include your payment, and then send it by snail mail or fax (360-565-3108) to the Wilderness Information Center. Well-conditioned day hikers, however, can reach this beautiful goal without any permit hassles and can travel on the spur of the moment."

Royal Creek Trail #832 Trip Reports

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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.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Forest
Nearby City
Olympic National Forest
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Hood Canal Ranger District—Quilcene, 295142 Highway 101 S., PO Box 280, Quilcene, WA 98376; (360) 765-2200;
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Deception; Green Trails Map #136 (Tyler Peak)
Local Maps