Sep 16, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Royal Basin
- Region: Olympics -- East
- Agency: Olympic National Park
- Trails: Royal Basin (#97)
- Avg Rating: 3.45
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
Hiked part of the way up Mt. Deception, didn't get too far though definitely need crampons and an ice axe to tackle this hike.
The lake and tarns in the upper basin area are amazing. This is by far the most scenic hike I've ever been on and highly recommend it. A number of the campsites around the lake are posted as "closed" and from what I understand reservations are needed to camp here overnight.
The parking lot a the trail head was full of cars at 730am, clearly a very popular area. Saw a few hunters coming/going from the parking lot so be cautious and leave the deer suit/antler combination at home.