"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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 (nps.gov/olym), 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." Read more