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Cat Basin Primitive

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
47.9560, -123.8379 Map & Directions
5.0 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
1500 feet
Highest Point
5500 feet
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  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

This primitive trail forms a partial loop, connecting the High Divide trail just above Heart Lake with Appleton Pass. Continue reading

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Hiking Cat Basin Primitive

This primitive trail can be accessed from either Sol Duc trailhead or from Boulder Creek/Appleton Pass trailhead above the Elwha. It is used as a starting point for the Bailey Range Traverse and also to access Cat Basin and Cat Lake (aka Swimming Bear Lake). The trail forms a partial loop connecting the High Divide trail just above Heart Lake with Appleton Pass.

The trail is fairly well defined for the most part, with a few notable confusing areas (see photos below) and a few areas. There are sections where the trail is overgrown, steep or eroded and other sections where it's difficult to see.

Cat Basin Primitive

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.9560, -123.8379 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Getting There

Turn south on Sol Duc Hot Springs Road about one mile West of Lake Crescent. Drive to a large parking lot at road's end. Hike up to Heart Lake and the ridge just above the lake to intersect the trail, which heads off to the left.

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Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

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Cat Basin Primitive

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