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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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  • The trail is extremely rocky most of the entire way. If you go counterclockwise you will endure super steep ascents; the other way you’ll have to descend it. Rock slide a few years back just before... 
    The trail is extremely rocky most of the entire way. If you go counterclockwise you will endure super steep ascents; the other way you’ll have to descend it. Rock slide a few years back just before...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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!
  • There’s a set is switchbacks near Bogachiel Peak that’s not for the faint of heart. Climb up from Sol Duc Falls to the High Divide is a workout, especially if it’s hot, but once up there it’s stunning. I recommend taking your time up there. Going down into Seven Lakes Basin is worthwhile. Completing the loop via Sol Duc River Trail is a nice gentle option, with plenty of shade and many choices for campsites near the river.

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