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Royal Basin Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (3)

A great day hike to a gorgeous and serene mountain lake or pop up a tent for an overnighter!


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6.7

Miles

10.8

KM

Point to Point

5,711' 1,741 m

High

2,755' 840 m

Low

2,956' 901 m

Up

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Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Slightly older kids would love this hike as it is doable for them start to finish with the added bonus of being able to play in the lake at the destination!

None that I am aware of. Definitely check road closures before you venture to the trailhead, but if memory serves me right, getting to the trailhead was a breeze.

Description

This trail is relatively easy if you just keep moving forward. The hike in will take you through varied terrain with plenty of places to rest and enjoy the woods, foliage and wildlife along the way. The incline is gradual with the last little burst up to the lake being the most "difficult" piece of the hike, but it is still a gentle trail on the knees both in and out.

Definitely take the time to hike around the lake once you reach your destination. There are plenty of little treasures, great views, and places to jump in if the weather is cooperating. Not far from the lake there is also a waterfall. My husband and I discovered it as we could hear it. Follow the sound of the water off to the right side of the lake as you approach it and you'll find it about a quarter mile away. It was a great place to take a refreshing "shower" the next morning.

I highly recommend this as an overnight trip because sunrise over Royal Basin is breathtaking. Lace up and enjoy!

Flora & Fauna

So many mosquitoes during the peak of summer. While we try to avoid the deet, it definitely will keep you sane around the lake. Oh yes, and lots of deer that are obviously not shy around people. Please do not feed the wildlife!

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Katie Bryant

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Photos

Mountains over Royal Lake
Nov 17, 2021 near Quilcene, WA
Hikers beneath Mount Deception in Upper Royal Basin
Nov 17, 2021 near Quilcene, WA
Looking down Royal Valley from above
Nov 17, 2021 near Quilcene, WA
Imperial Tarn in Upper Royal Basin
Nov 17, 2021 near Quilcene, WA
Looking up at Mount Deception from Upper Royal Basin
Nov 17, 2021 near Quilcene, WA
Royal Lake as you approach it from the trail.
Oct 29, 2018 near Quilcene, WA

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