Splendid forests and streams, an alpine lake and fields of flowers, surrounded by some of the highest and craggiest peaks in the Olympics.
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Overnight Backpack to Royal Lake in the Royal Basin. It was pretty crowded at the group campsite (capacity 12) with 12 mountaineers who each had their own tent. Participants include Suzanne Gerber (leader), Nicole Hansen (co-leader), Lee Johnson, JoAnn Snyder, Louise Kornreich, Linda Kuramoto, Denise Hageman, Jay Crafton, Tim Nair, John Peck, and Linda Fairchild.
Reference: Green Trails Tyler Peak, No 136. “Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula” by Craig Romano, Green Trails Tyler Peak, WA, No. 136.
From the west end of the Hood Canal Bridge, drive State Route 104 to its end and veer north onto US 101. Proceed 16 miles and turn left onto Louella Road (just before reaching the Sequim Bay State Park entrance). In 0.8 mile turn left on Palo Alto Road, continuing for 5.7 miles. Bear right at a junction onto Forest Road 2880. At a fork in the road, continue straight (not left). In another 0.2 mile, turn right on the dirt and gravel road. The road descends and crosses the Dungeness River, passing Dungeness Forks Campground in 0.9 mile. In another 0.8 mile is a junction, where you continue straight (left) on FR 2870. In 2.6 miles bear right at a junction to continue on FR 2870 (formerly called FR 2860). Travel another 4.8 miles, then go straight (not right) at another junction to stay on 2870. In 1.7 miles drive across the bridge to the Upper Dungeness trailhead parking lot on the right. A privy is available. (The road continues to the Tubal Cain Trailhead, 4 miles ahead.)
Trailhead GPS coordinates (47.8779,-123.1369)
NW Forest Pass required.