The Royal Basin

Sequim, Washington 98382

The Royal Basin

The Royal Basin Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,570 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Late June to mid-October
Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Tyler Peak, Mount Deception; Custom Correct Buckhorn Wilderness
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018