“Misleading name as there are 8 lakes!”
Seven Lakes Basin is a basin in Olympic National Park, 15 miles south of Lake Crescent. The trail to the basin is 19 miles (31 km) round trip with about 4,000 feet (1,200 m) of elevation gain. The loop trail starts by following the Sol Duc River near Sol Duc Hot Springs and eventually heads south and begins a rapid elevation gain. The trail winds out of the rain forest and eventually ends at the High Divide, a long steep ridge that runs along the south side of the basin, where there are prime views of Mt. Olympus and the Hoh River valley to the south and the Sol Duc valley to the north. To the east lie glacial fields. A view into Seven Lakes Basin from the High Divide Heart lake in the seven lakes basin. Named for its distinctive shape. While the basin itself has a barren, lunar landscape it is surrounded by old growth forest and alpine meadows lush with wildflowers and blueberries. Despite the name, Seven Lakes Basin, there are actually eight small lakes in the area. The lakes are Soleduck, Long, Lunch, Morgenroth, No Name, Clear, Round, and Lake No. 8. The largest of these lakes is Soleduck and the smallest is Morgenroth. Other lakes are encountered along the way which are not considered part of "seven lakes" include Heart Lake, Deer Lake and Lunch Lake. Heart Lake gets its name from its very distinct heart like shape. Black Bear, mountain goats, marmots, and Olympic Elk are common in this area. Fishing is a popular activity in the area, although there are no fish in Heart Lake and several of the other smaller lakes in the basin.
You need a permit to camp, but it's worth it to get a reservation and get the permit. Also, make sure you have the proper supplies-- bear-proof containers for food and maybe an ice axe, because the trails are steep and have a lot of ice on them through July.
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