Royal Basin

 

General Location: 18 miles southwest of Sequim, WA in Upper Dungeness/Royal Creek area.

Trailhead: Upper Dungeness Trailhead (USFS)

Notices:

  • Permits for this area are limited year round and must be obtained through the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. It is recommended that you get a reservation between May 1 and September 30.
  • Space is limited.
  • A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the USFS Upper Dungeness Trailhead. America the Beautiful Passes also cover this parking fee.
 

Description

Ecosystem type: Montane forest, subalpine meadow, subalpine lake basin
Trail tread types: Maintained
General elevation trend: Moderate to steep
River crossings: A few small creek crossings. Be prepared to get your feet wet.
Unique features: Wildflowers, wildlife, mountain vistas, highest concentration of 7,000+ foot peaks in the Olympics
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 7.2 miles to Royal Lake
Elevation change: 2,550 feet to 5,100 feet
Best Season: Early July through mid-October

 
 

Camping

Permits/Reservations: Camping is limited year round and permits must be obtained from the Wilderness Information Center. Reservations are recommended between May 1 and September 30.
Food Storage Method: Bear Canisters required. Trees in the Royal Basin area are not suitable for food hanging, and there are no bear wires. Bear canisters are available to borrow from Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner and outdoor stores in Port Townsend and Bainbridge Island.
Location and sites: Royal Creek, Lower Royal Meadow, and Royal Lake
Toilet Facilities: Composting toilets are located at Royal Lake. Elsewhere, bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Royal Creek and Royal Lake. Always boil, filter, or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent getting Giardia.
Stock: This trail is closed to stock animals at the park boundary.

 

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in designated sites only in Royal Basin.
Fires: No campfires in Royal Basin. To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are prohibited above 3,500 feet.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage, and scented items must be secured in bear canisters 24 hours a day.

 

Safety

  • The peaks in the Royal Basin area are not walkups! The rock is often very rotten in places. Be prepared for rock-fall and snow hazards.
  • In winter or early spring, always check the avalanche danger and have avalanche rescue skills and gear.
  • Consult the Olympic Mountain Climber's Guide for route descriptions.
 
Mount Deception
Mount Deception

Bryan Bell

 
Royal Creek
Royal Creek

Jason Bausher

 
Royal Tarn
Tarn in Upper Basin

Pablo McLoud NPS

Last updated: October 11, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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