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High Divide Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

6.5 mile 10.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,118' 646 m
Descent: -901' -275 m
High: 5,343' 1,629 m
Low: 3,565' 1,086 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This trail earns a well deserved place in everyone's heart - it is simply stunning!

Megan W

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The High Divide Trail begins at the southern end of Deer Lake where the Deer Lake Trail ends and the Little Divide Trail starts. Take the High Divide Trail south and climb out of the Deer Lake basin. Head up through subalpine vegetation, patches of fir and open meadows with increasingly beautiful views of the Olympics. Attain the ridge and head eastwards over more level but somewhat vertiginous terrain. After rounding a rocky bowl you arrive at the intersection with the Lunch Lake Trail and will be tempted to descend into the spectacular Seven Lakes Basin. This is a fine activity, for those with time and camping permits. For those continuing on to the end of High Divide Trail, resist the siren song and proceed along the ridge crest.

The Hoh Lake Trail intersects the High Divide Trail from the south below Bogachiel Peak. The detour up Bogachiel Peak Trail to the summit is worth it for the views of Mt. Olympus, to the south, the Bailey Range, to the east, and the Sol Duc drainage, to the north. Regain the High Divide Trail heading east downhill through open slopes to the junction with Y Lakes Way Trail. Follow the spine ever eastwards enjoying the views of the sparkling lakes below. Pass the Lake #8 Route trail and just as you begin a descent down the ridge the High Divide Trail ends at a junction with Cat Basin Primitive Trail and further on Sol Duc River Trail at Heart Lake.

Flora & Fauna

Lupine, indian paintbrush, dirty sox, partridge foot, blueberries. Deer, goats, bear, grouse.

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Jul 22, 2019
Wendy Joseph
Oct 26, 2018
Michelle Fang
Aug 28, 2017
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  4.5 from 4 votes

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Photos

Another view of Seven Lakes Basin
Feb 25, 2015 near Port An…, WA
High Divide Overlook
Feb 25, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Round Lake
Feb 25, 2015 near Forks, WA
Looking East towards the accent to the High Divide ridge top.
Jun 17, 2019 near Forks, WA
The view south of the trail up to the High Divide ridge line.
Jun 17, 2019 near Forks, WA
Reaching the High Divide
Mar 24, 2015 near Port An…, WA

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