Bogachiel Mt., High Divide, Seven Lakes Basin Loop: 5,474 ft.Elevation gain: 4,000 ft. Distance: 19 mi. Time: 9-11 hrs. 60% alpine. Trailhead 1,900 ft. Enjoyment rating: 5+
Overview:This is the best day hike in the Olympics. It has everything: Lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls, peaks, alpine meadows, expansive views, wild flowers and wild animals. Bears are often seen around the lakes or on the berry covered hillsides. Mountain goats are usually seen near the trail, looking for salt. Elk herds are occasionally spotted at the head waters of the Sol Duc River. Olympic Marmots seem to be everywhere in the high meadows. The hike is long at 19 miles and the trail is rocky and rough for about 8 of those miles but the sights could fill many photo albums. Bogachiel Mt. is the half way point on the loop. The many close views of Mt. Olympus and the Bailey Range are spectacular.