Royal Basin Trail

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

Trailhead: Upper Dungeness Trailhead (USFS)

Notices: Permits for this area must be obtained through the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles in person or by phone.Limited space is available.


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
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 7.2 miles to Royal Lake.
Elevation change: 2,550 feet to 5,100 feet
Best Season: Mid July through September

Trail Conditions
Royal Creek Trail


Permits/Reservations: Camping is limited between May 1 and September 30. Reservations Required. Obtain permits through the WIC in Port Angeles during business hours by phone or in person.
Food Storage Method: Bear Canister - Trees in the Royal Basin area are not suitable for food hanging. No bear wires.
Location and sites: Royal Lake
Toilet Facilities: No toilet , bury waste 6-8" and 200 ft 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.

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further damage.
Camping regulations: Camp in designated sites only in Royal Basin.

Fires: No campfires in Royal Basin. To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are not allowed above 3,500 feet.

Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 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.

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