This trail leads along High Divide which separates the Sol Duc River from the Hoh River. Most of the route lies above 4,000 feet, providing amazing views of the Olympics. The trail leads six and a half miles eastward from Deer Lake to Heart Lake along the Sol Duc River Trail. The High Divide Trail can be used in conjunction with several other trails in the Sol Duc, Hoh and Boulder Creek drainages to form a long backcountry trek.
Begin this trail from the southern end of the Canyon Creek or Deer Lake Trail where it joins Little Divide Trail. The elevation at this site is approximately 3,600 feet and the High Divide Trail climbs slowly as it leaves Deer Lake. Less than a mile from the lake the trail begins to climb. After a few short switchbacks the route reaches the crest of High Divide and turns eastward. Beyond this point the route continues to climb along the ridge crest.
Four miles from Deer Lake the High Divide Trail reaches a junction with the Hoh Lake Trail. This junction lies on the southern side of Bogachiel Peak. A short spur trail leads north to the summit of Bogachiel Peak. This summit provides excellent views of Mt. Olympus, to the south, the Bailey Range, to the east, and the Sol Duc drainage, to the north. The Hoh Lake Trail leads southward into the Hoh River drainage.
Follow the left side of the split at the junction below Bogachiel Peak. From this point eastward the route follows the High Divide. The slopes to the south, leading into the Hoh River drainage, are steep and densely forested. The slopes to the north lie within the Seven Lakes Basin. Hikers are able to look down upon the lakes and the surrounding meadows from the divide. This scenic vista continues for two miles to the junction with the Sol Duc River Trail. A secondary trail continues eastward from this junction into the Cat Creek drainage. The Sol Duc River Trail descends northward into the river valley via Bridge Creek.
Directions: From junction of Highway 101 and Sol Duc River Road, Drive southward on the Sol Duc River Road 14 miles to roads end and the Sol Duc Trailhead. From this trailhead walk southeastward along the Sol Duc Trail less than a mile to the Canyon Creek Trail. Cross the river and hike 3 miles southward to Deer Lake and the beginning of the High Divide Trail.
Elevation: 3,600 feet
Ending Elevation: 5,085 feet
Usage: Heavy in Summer
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