Bogachiel Peak is located high on a ridge called the High Divide in Olympic National Park. The summit boasts spectacular views across the Hoh Valley of Mount Olympus and the Blue Glacier. Until mid July or sometimes later, an ice axe is usually necessary to travel up and around Bogachiel Peak, along the High Divide, and into the basin. Although it stands at a fairly low elevation of 5,474 feet it has a distinctly alpine flavor and boasts one of the most classic views in Washington state. To the south lies the Mount Olympus massif across the Hoh River valley. In the east is Mount Carrie and the Burke Range noted as some of the most remote areas in Washington. You can see the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Hurricane Ridge area to the north.Directly below the summit to the north is the beautiful Seven Lakes Basin which is a must visit place in late summer. Bogachiel Peak has 499 feet of prominence so it also stands proudly as the highest point on the High Divide.
Seven Lakes Basin from Bogachiel Peak - By Ron Hayward
From Port Angeles head west on Highway 101 for 27 miles where you reach the Sol Duc Hot Springs Road. On the way you drive along the southern shore of beautiful Lake Crescent where you can kill time swimming, hiking to Marymere Falls, or just have a nice picnic. At the west end of the 9 mile long lake is the small town on Fairholm where you'll find the Fairholm General Store. Don't expect friendly hours of operation though! A nice swimming area and dock is located just across from the store and the classic Lake Crescent photo is taken from here. Just past the lake you head up a hill and at the top of the hill, turn left (southeast) onto the signed Sol Duc Road and follow it all the way to the end where there is a huge parking lot. Park at the furthest open spot you can find as close to the trail-head as possible. You will pass by the Sol Duc hot springs resort (located on the south side of the Sol Duc River) and the campground.
Lake Crescent near Fairholm - By Rachel_the_Cat
Sol Duc Falls
From the trailhead begin by hiking up the Sol Duc River trail which follows its north side for about a mile to the famous Sol Duc Falls where a nice bridge crosses over the top of the large cascade. There is also a nice shelter here to escape from the rain (because it is probably raining!) From the falls, you can either turn south on the Deer Lake Trail or continue east up the Sol Duc Trail. It's an 18 mile loop hike from here with 3,050 feet of elevation gain and it doesn't matter which way you decide to go. I'll describe the route assuming you chose to take the Deer Lake Trail first. So from the falls, continue south as the trail climbs a gently 1,500 feet through the forest over a distance of 2 miles to Deer Lake. You will probably notice deer here...trust me. Just past the lake you will see a trail junction. Turn left and continue on the High Divide Trail which continues to climb up beautiful slopes, passing a small tarn at 4,100 feet and reaching the crest of the High Divide at 4,550 feet. Once on the ridge, continue along the trail as it crosses back and forth from one side to the other until you reach another junction with the Hoh Lake trail which descends south off the High Divide just below the summit of Bogachiel Peak. Just before this junction, look for a short branch trail that leads up for 250 feet through some brush right up to the summit. At the top there is enough room for a large group and a few trees to offer some shelter from wind.
Morning reflection on Deer Lake
Small tarn above Deer Lake
Mt. Olympus from the High Divide
High Divide Trail looking east towards Cat Peak
Mtount Olympus Panorama from Bogachiel Peak
For your descent, it is advised you finish the loop and follow the High Divide east an additional 2 miles over some stunning terrain until you are just above Heart Lake (you'll notice it right away!) where there is a small sign. Views into the Seven Lakes Basin are always amazing and Mount Olympus stares at you to the south the entire time. Turn left at this sign (continuing straight along the ridge takes you to the Cat Basin area) and follow the trail which descends 250 feet down a steep slope to the lake. From Heart Lake, it's a 6.5 mile hike back down the Sol Duc River Trail to the trailhead.
Looking down at Heart Lake
Nice meadows just below Heart Lake
Backcountry permits are required for overnight trips and can be obtained at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles. Rangers do patrol this area due to its popularity. Camping limits are in place for all areas in the Sol Duc/Seven Lakes Basin. Obtain permits at the WIC in Port Angeles, Eagle Ranger Station (Sol Duc) or Hoh Visitor Center during business hours. Camping is in designated sites only. There are many nearby campgrounds where you can car camp which are operated by the national park. These are described below in the table which is provided by the National Park Service.
Table last updated May 2013
Olympic has 16 NPS-operated campgrounds with a total of 910 sites. Concession-operated RV parks are located within the park at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
and Log Cabin Resort
on Lake Crescent.
- Campgrounds can accommodate RVs and trailers up to 21 feet in length, unless otherwise noted in the chart below.
- Campground toilets are wheelchair accessible, unless otherwise noted in the chart below.
- All campsites are first-come, first-served, except for Kalaloch as shown below.
- All park campsites provide a picnic table and fire pit.
- Park campgrounds do not have hook-ups or showers.
- Group campgrounds are provided at Sol Duc and Kalaloch.
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some campground services have changed. Please consult the following table for current information.
5/22 - 9/16
|$12||30||Running water & flush toilets||In wooded area along Elwha River; some riverside sites; 21' recommended RV length (some for up to 35').|
Open after snow melts; Deer Park Road will not be plowed
|$10||14||Pit toilets, no water|
Tents only. Near treeline, but among groves of subalpine firs; elevation 5,400'. Access road is narrow & winding, gravel, not suitable for RVs or trailers.
Walk in only
|Pit toilets, no water||Dosewallips Road is washed out & closed 5.5 miles from campground.|
Year round; primitive.
|$12||40||pit toilets and no water|
In wooded area in Elwha Valley; 21' recommended RV length (some for up to 35').
5/1 - 10/1
|$12||88||Running water||At west end of Lake Crescent. Fairholm General Store, boat launch nearby; 21' recommended RV length|
Year round; primitive.
|$12||30||pit toilets and no water|
Along Graves Creek, in temperate rain forest; 21' recommended RV length
|Heart O'the Hills|
|Year round, but may be walk-in only when snowed in.||$12||105||Running water||In old growth forest. Closest campground to Hurricane Ridge. Campfire programs in summer. 21' recommended RV length (some for up to 35').|
Year round (A Loop)
|$12||88||Running water all year.||In old growth temperate rainforest along Hoh River. Campfire programs in summer. 21' recommended RV length.|
|Year round||$14 to $18||170||Running water all year.||ONLINE RESERVATIONS accepted for camping between June 20 - Sept. 3, 2013. (Reservations can be made no more than 6 months in advance beginning December 19, 2012.) First come, first serve remainder of year. On bluff overlooking Pacific, some view sites. Campfire programs in summer. 21' recommended RV length (some for up to 35').|
Year round (A Loop)
|$12||94||Running water all year.||Among trees two miles from Rialto Beach and Pacific Ocean. Some sites have views of Quillayute River. 21' recommended RV length (some for up to 35').|
not expected to open this year
|Pit toilet, no water.||NOT recommended for large RVs & trailers. In temperate rainforest, elevation 520'.|
Year round; many sites close in winter due to high water.
|$12||15||Pit toilet, no water.||Next to Lake Ozette, views of lake. 21' recommended RV length.|
|Year round. Primitive. (Check road status in winter.)||$10||20||Pit toilet, no water.|
Queets Road reroute now open. RVs/trailers not recommended.
|Year round; primitive 10/1 - 5/1 (and may be walk in if Sol Duc Road closed).||$14||82||Running water in summer, pit toilets & no water in winter.|
Old-growth forest along Sol Duc River; some riverside sites. 21' recommended RV length (some for up to 35').
Open 5/21 through 9/7
Closed 7/29 & 7/30 for tribal canoe journey.
|$10||55||Running water. Flush toilets not wheelchair accessible.||Open field, little shade or privacy. Short walk to Pacific Ocean beach. 21' recommended RV length (some for up to 35').|
Year round; primitive from 10/1 through
|$12||47||Running water in summer, pit toilets & no water in winter. Flush toilets are not accessible.||In old growth forest, along Skokomish River. Some riverside sites. 21' recommended RV lengths (some for up to 35').|
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