High Divide, Olympic National Park

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#9 of 10 in Trails in Olympic National Park
Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • This trip had to be booked in advance because of the park permits and unfortunately we had to experience the high divide in the rain, it rained the entire first 2 days. It was very unfortunate to... 
    This trip had to be booked in advance because of the park permits and unfortunately we had to experience the high divide in the rain, it rained the entire first 2 days. It was very unfortunate to...  more »
  • Backpacking the High Divide loop we took four days was amazing and so beautiful. 22 miles and threes nights. We went to Deer Lake, Heart Lake, Seven Lakes Basin and Sol Duc campsite. Also ran into.....  more
    Backpacking the High Divide loop we took four days was amazing and so beautiful. 22 miles and threes nights. We went to Deer Lake, Heart Lake, Seven Lakes Basin and Sol Duc campsite. Also ran into.....  more »
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  • Hiked 06/04. Plenty of snow on the High Divide ridge itself. We followed the social trails over the snow. Had a few sections that required hands. One in particular where another hiker slipped down a snow slope. Stick to rock where possible. Trail has some blowdowns. Spectacular views ofcourse. Heart Lake was partially frozen.
  • Not for the faint of heart but immensely rewarding hike through different ecosystems! The full loop is about 18 miles with a vertical gain of ~4000’. The trail itself is not hard, mostly class 1, with a few spurts of class 2 terrain. It starts deep in an old growth forest (the Sol Duc Trailhead) and then forks after a little less than a mile. I opted to go counterclockwise. Eventually you reach Deer Lake and then the ascent begins in earnest. The terrain becomes more alpine and the views expensive. Reaching the divide offers spectacular vistas of Mount Olympus. Even better, you get to soak in these views for a good while as the trail traverses the ridge. The descent into Heart Lake is so beautiful! And further below the lush forest returns with amazing waterfalls and log-bridges to criss-cross the river. The full hike took about 9 hours (plus breaks), which was good pace for the distance and reflects the Class 1 terrain. The ‘add-on’ to Bogachiel Peak is short and totally worthwhile for good views + being able to say you climbed a peak!

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