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High Divide - Seven Lakes Basin Loop — Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

Olympic Peninsula
A section of snow before the junction to Lunch Lake, if hiking counter clockwise.

The snow is melting fast! Even from a week ago, condition look quite different from earlier trip reports. We hiked clockwise, and stayed at Sol Duc Park and Lunch Lake. 

We didn't encounter any snow that we felt we need more than trekking poles for. Recent trip reports seem to sum up my feelings, which is that the snow is mostly easy to cross, with a few areas around rocks where hikers should stay aware to avoid the risk of punching through. However, on the entire trip, I only postholed once, and it was very minor.

The trail is in good condition all around, one blowdown to cross on the Sol Duc Park side. And most folks seemed to be using a log to cross the creek at the Sol Duc Park camp, to avoid getting your feet wet. 

The mosquitos were bad at both Sol Duc Park and Lunch Lake. We stopped for a snack at Heart Lake and there weren't any. (yet)

The wildflowers are so good. The avalanche lilies at Sol Duc Park are the best I've ever seen. And flowers are blooming around most of the loop. 

We spotted on bear, way down below in the Bogachiel headwaters. Needed binoculars for a good view. Was great to see it happily grazing away. 

Lots of folks out enjoying the glorious weather this weekend. Can understand why this trail is so popular. 

Snow above Heart Lake.
The flowers were so good. Avalanche lilies.