1. Welcome to the New & Improved BladeForums. New software info here. Please report problems in Tech Support, and read existing threads before posting! - Spark
  2. I've changed the default forum style to Flat Awesome based on feedback. Don't like it? Click here to change how the forums look Feedback on this is welcome here.

Seven Lakes Basin

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by milani74, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. milani74

    milani74

    Feb 15, 2009
    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.
    [​IMG]

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

    Sol Duc Falls
    [​IMG]

    Random trail pics
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Lots of Huckleberry still at the lower elevations.
    [​IMG]
    My camp the first night, Deer Lake.
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  2. milani74

    milani74

    Feb 15, 2009
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    The next day, I got up late(ish) around 0830 and hit the trail.
    [​IMG]
    I came up to another (namless) lake and guess who I saw...
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    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!
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  3. milani74

    milani74

    Feb 15, 2009
    Round the bend, and up the trail,
    [​IMG]
    Lots of Lupine up at the top of the first ridge.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    These trees look like Medusa's hair
    [​IMG]
    Looking over the next ridge. Still some snow from last winter at this lowish elevation.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Red Paintbrush
    [​IMG]
    Not sure?
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    What a daisy!
    [​IMG]
     
  4. matthew krissak

    matthew krissak Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 11, 2005
    Wicked pictures! I really like the first campsite picture! Good stuff!
     
  5. milani74

    milani74

    Feb 15, 2009
    Almost to the 7 lakes basin cutoff
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Crest a hill, and your reward..
    Round Lake
    [​IMG]
    Lunch Lake
    [​IMG]
    Love the texture
    [​IMG]

    Had lunch here...
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Dr. Seuss Flower
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012
  6. milani74

    milani74

    Feb 15, 2009
    What could that black spot be I wonder?
    [​IMG]
    Oh, just a small black bear. Nothing to see here.. move along.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    The trail starts to climb higher to Bogachiel peak.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Then shares the High Divide trail. It looks like a golf course here!
    [​IMG]
    Another no name lake, I'd call it Guitar lake!
    [​IMG]
    High Divide. Looks bare on one side!
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Mount Olympus! Reminds me of Lord of the Rings.
    [​IMG]
    Finally, down to Heart Lake.
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  7. milani74

    milani74

    Feb 15, 2009
    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.
     
  8. milani74

    milani74

    Feb 15, 2009
    Thanks Matthew, glad you enjoyed them!
     
  9. KuRUpTD

    KuRUpTD

    Aug 5, 2008
    Beautiful pics brother ... the scenery is absolutely gorgeous !

    Thanks for posting this.
     
  10. Burton Harruff

    Burton Harruff

    Oct 1, 2007
    Great pics! Thanks for sharing. This is for sure on my list of places to visit. -Burton
     
  11. Stickman

    Stickman

    349
    Dec 25, 2006
    Wow, awesome scenery, great pics, wish I could see that in person. Thanks for sharing.
     
  12. sicily02

    sicily02

    Nov 23, 2005
    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
     
  13. milani74

    milani74

    Feb 15, 2009
    Thank you. It truly is God's country up there.

    Glad you liked them, it's a fairly easy hike.

    Thanks Stickman.

    Thanks Bryan. I had a blast, bears and all!
     
  14. jds1

    jds1 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    Thanks for sharing your trip.

    Jeff
     
  15. Knife Crazied

    Knife Crazied

    Apr 17, 2009
    Beautiful scenery. :thumbup:
     
  16. kgd

    kgd

    Feb 28, 2007
    Wow! Some awesome sites, distance and photos. Loved the thread!
     
  17. ROCK6

    ROCK6 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2004
    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
     
  18. OwenM

    OwenM

    Oct 26, 2000
    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...
     
  19. milani74

    milani74

    Feb 15, 2009
    Thanks Rock, I feel the same way. I thank God that I have been able to appreciate it so far.

    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.
     
  20. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Thank you for the beautiful pictures and excellent narration - it was a fun thread to read!

    best

    mqqn
     

Share This Page