See the famous Sol Duc waterfall, traverse the Seven Lakes basin, travel through incredible old-growth forests, and view the high alpine peaks of Olympic National Park, all in one trip! This trip will allow you to see so much that Olympic has to offer. As you travel through the largest concentration of glacial lakes in the park, you will also be able to see wildflowers, marmots, and even mountain goats. This hike into the mountains will reward you with outstanding photo opportunities as well as the peaceful quiet of the high country.
For a detailed map with elevation profile of the tentative itinerary, click here: Map.
Meet your guide at 4pm at the Sol Duc Campground. Get acquainted with everyone in your group as you go over what to pack and what to leave behind. Settle in for the night under the forest canopy and get a great night of sleep listening to the creek as you dream about the adventure ahead. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 0 mi /0′
Start your adventure gaining a bit of elevation up to Deer Lake passing by the famously picturesque Sol Duc Falls at the beginning of your hike. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 3.5 mi / +2300′, -0’′
From Deer Lake we will head to Heart Lake, stopping at Lunch Lake for (you guessed it) lunch! This takes us along the High Divide Trail offering sweeping views of snow-covered mountains far and wide with carpets of wildflowers and the opportunity to spot the adorable Olympic Marmot or potentially some Elk. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 8 mi / +3700′, -2500’′
On our last day we will wake up in an amazing location, have a hearty breakfast before packing up, and hike the last miles downhill to the trailhead. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 7.75 mi / +900′, -3600’′
We include backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, trekking poles, and eating utensils at NO EXTRA COST as needed. All profits from our guided trips go towards our non-profit youth summer camp program.
Note: All trips are subject to Lasting Adventures obtaining the necessary wilderness permits. Although our success rate is 98%, should we not obtain the exact trail-head, a trip of equal quality will be obtained. Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. Lasting Adventures is recognized for its commitment to safety and risk management. Itineraries may be changed in order to minimize risk exposure.
*All trips are pending permit availability which we gain around mid-late February. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates.
*Campsites may change based on availability.
Multi-Day Adventures/Summer Camps Cancellation Policy
The following cancellation policy is only for trips booked directly through our official website, lastingadventures.com. If you have booked via a third-party website, such as The Clymb, TripAdvisor Experiences/Viator, or bookyogaretreats.com, the below policy does not apply, and you are held to the third-party’s cancellation policy.
Lasting Adventures runs traditional backpacking trips. Traditional backpacking is done without the use of porters, stock, or other assistance. You will be expected to carry all of your own personal gear and a share of the group gear and food in a backpack for the duration of this trip. This weight will typically be between 30-50 pounds and in no case more than ⅓ of your body weight.
As needed, it is recommended that participants discuss their ability to conduct a backpacking trip with their doctor, including (but not limited to) the ability to carry heavy loads over long distances and over strenuous and uneven terrain. Levels of difficulty listed on our web site are relative and in no way an objective declaration of difficulty, and a regular physical exercise program is recommended prior to going on your adventure. A subjective guide to difficulty levels can be found here: Difficulty Levels.
Although we are able to accommodate many specific dietary constraints and choices, we prepare foods in a facility with peanuts, gluten, soy, and other major allergens, and are not certified as an ‘allergen-free’ facility. We take steps to limit the risk of cross-contamination, but we cannot guarantee that foods we prepare will be fully free of major allergens.