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Royal Basin

One of the more beautiful hikes in the Olympics, especially for visiting high alpine lakes.

Stunning glacial blue lakes

I hadn’t been to Royal Lake since a backpacking trip in July 2011. At the time we were unable to make it to the upper basin because of a late melting snow pack. I was excited to explore the upper basin on this trip as over the last few years I had become pretty familiar with the region from prior rides and hikes.

Paradise

A PNW class, starting at Longmire and with an easy descent of Skate Creek Road before the long climb to Paradise.

The roads traveled, the roads to come

I started this ride by entering through the Park entrance at Longmire and parking in the day use lot behind the lodge.

Babyshoe Pass

Cascade gravel with resplendent views of lakes, mountains, and trees.

Mt Adams visible ahead

I’d been planning this ride for months ever since reading about the climb to Babyshoe Pass in BQ. The climb from Highway 12 to the summit at the intersection with FS 2150 has an average grade of 6% and a max grade of 20% with soft, loose gravel and rough washboard making it tough to keep traction and rhythm.

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