front row seat to mount olympus
Summary: The Seven Lakes Basin Loop from the Sol Duc Valley is one of the premier hikes on the Olympic Peninsula. For a multi-day backpacking trip, this 19 mile loop really provides it all.
Within the 1st mile, you'll descend down to Sol Duc Falls, one of the most gorgeous waterfalls on the Peninsula, which will give you a taste of the amazing beauty ahead of you. At the 2.9 mile mark you'll arrive at Deer Lake (assuming you take a right to begin the loop). Deer Lake has group campsites available and is a wonderful setting for a lunchtime picnic in serenity. By the 8 mile mark, you'll arrive at the Seven Lakes Basin junction, which allows you to drop into the basin to view its beautiful lakes and has campsites available. Past the Seven Lakes Basin junction is the High Divide trail, which provides breathtaking views of Mount Olympus.
Upon reaching the High Divide, you can head South to connect with the Hoh River Trail, or head East to connect with the Sol Duc River trail at Heart Lake to complete the Seven Lakes Basin Loop.