Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” ― John Muir
When it comes to loop hikes in the Olympic National Park, the High Divide Loop around Seven Lakes Basin is one of the best. Clocking in at 18.2 miles, it takes hikers past waterfalls and lakes, up steep ridges, and provides jaw-dropping vistas of Mount Olympus and the eponymous Seven Lakes Basin. So when Brandon and I decided to do a multi-day hike on the Olympic Peninsula, it was the obvious choice.
We started the hike with a swarm of day hikers — families replete with giggling children, elderly folks laden with fancy camera gear… you know the type. Weighed down by packs stuffed to bursting, we set a dogged pace, eager to get to our first campsite at Deer Lake. We only had 4 miles or so to cover, but most of it was uphill. Thankfully, it was through the shade of the Olympic Forest — dense and old, filled with a creaking stillness.