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    Seven Lakes Basin


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    Hi all, just got back from a 3 day backpacking trip in the Olympic Nat'l park. I visited the Seven Lakes Basin Loop, which is about 20 miles of really diverse ecosystems, from old growth forest to alpine meadows. I strongly encourage you to see this trail if you get the chance.
    Map of the trail.


    Start of the trail. Even though it hasnt rained in over 2 months, its still green and lots of water. Gotta love glaciers!


    Sol Duc Falls


    Random trail pics





    Lots of Huckleberry still at the lower elevations.

    My camp the first night, Deer Lake.
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    The next day, I got up late(ish) around 0830 and hit the trail.

    I came up to another (namless) lake and guess who I saw...


    He looked like he weighed about 300 lbs or so and he blocked the trail for about 30 mins. What a fantastic creature! I had my bear spay (a big thanks to Mtwarden for the advice) so I felt at ease. I made myself known to him by calling out, and he mosied over round the lake eating blue berries. Awesome experience!




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    Round the bend, and up the trail,

    Lots of Lupine up at the top of the first ridge.


    These trees look like Medusa's hair

    Looking over the next ridge. Still some snow from last winter at this lowish elevation.


    Red Paintbrush

    Not sure?


    What a daisy!

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    Wicked pictures! I really like the first campsite picture! Good stuff!

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    Almost to the 7 lakes basin cutoff



    Crest a hill, and your reward..
    Round Lake

    Lunch Lake

    Love the texture


    Had lunch here...




    Dr. Seuss Flower

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    What could that black spot be I wonder?

    Oh, just a small black bear. Nothing to see here.. move along.


    The trail starts to climb higher to Bogachiel peak.


    Then shares the High Divide trail. It looks like a golf course here!

    Another no name lake, I'd call it Guitar lake!

    High Divide. Looks bare on one side!


    Mount Olympus! Reminds me of Lord of the Rings.

    Finally, down to Heart Lake.
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    I spent the last night at Sol Duc Park, then headed out today. Awesome hike that gives you a little of everything that the Olympics have to offer.

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    Thanks Matthew, glad you enjoyed them!

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    Beautiful pics brother ... the scenery is absolutely gorgeous !

    Thanks for posting this.

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    Great pics! Thanks for sharing. This is for sure on my list of places to visit. -Burton
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    Wow, awesome scenery, great pics, wish I could see that in person. Thanks for sharing.

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    The pics you took are just stunning. That is one place I hope to see one day.
    It looks like you had a great time, bears and all lol.

    Bryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by KuRUpTD View Post
    Beautiful pics brother ... the scenery is absolutely gorgeous !

    Thanks for posting this.
    Thank you. It truly is God's country up there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Burton View Post
    Great pics! Thanks for sharing. This is for sure on my list of places to visit. -Burton
    Glad you liked them, it's a fairly easy hike.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stickman View Post
    Wow, awesome scenery, great pics, wish I could see that in person. Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks Stickman.

    Quote Originally Posted by sicily02 View Post
    The pics you took are just stunning. That is one place I hope to see one day.
    It looks like you had a great time, bears and all lol.

    Bryan
    Thanks Bryan. I had a blast, bears and all!

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    Thanks for sharing your trip.

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    Beautiful scenery.

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    Wow! Some awesome sites, distance and photos. Loved the thread!

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    Great pictures Chief! Seven Lakes Basin was one of my first backpacking trips (I think the first was Royal Basin). It's a beautiful area...thanks for giving me a reminder brother that my soul bleeds to be back in the mountains!

    ROCK6

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    Awesome! A trip to Olympic or Rainier is in my 3-4 year plan. Wonderful scenery!
    Is that the Stratospire 1 or 2? Sure does have a lot more room than my Notch...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROCK6 View Post
    Great pictures Chief! Seven Lakes Basin was one of my first backpacking trips (I think the first was Royal Basin). It's a beautiful area...thanks for giving me a reminder brother that my soul bleeds to be back in the mountains!

    ROCK6
    Thanks Rock, I feel the same way. I thank God that I have been able to appreciate it so far.

    Quote Originally Posted by OwenM View Post
    Awesome! A trip to Olympic or Rainier is in my 3-4 year plan. Wonderful scenery!
    Is that the Stratospire 1 or 2? Sure does have a lot more room than my Notch...
    Thanks Owen, its the Stratospire 1. I absolutely love the tent. Easy to set up, sheds wind very well, easy to get in and out, 2 side entryway, large vestibules, ability to open both of the doors, net only option, high roof, double walled and right at 2 lbs. The only thing I can think of changing would be to make the tarp out of Cuben Fiber to make it lighter.

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    Thank you for the beautiful pictures and excellent narration - it was a fun thread to read!

    best

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