Philosophers AC/DC once said: “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll.” Words to live by as you attempt to scale this 5,474-foot peak, a former fire lookout that now teases ambitious day hikers with the lure of breath-nabbing views. Cutting through the heart of Olympic National Park’s famed High Divide Country—a Shangri-La of lakes, meadows, and waterfalls—is the trail up, up, way up Bogachiel (more than 3,000 feet) via Deer Lake. But don’t just tuck your head and go. Take a minute, grab a handful of wild huckleberries, and listen for bellowing elk. Or pause in front of Sol Duc Falls for a photo—your mother would love that. When you finally reach the top, say hello to the glistening white mass of Mount Olympus, highest summit on the Olympic Peninsula. Then cast your eyes down nearly one vertical mile to the emerald swath of the Hoh Rainforest Valley spread out below. Rock and roll, indeed.
Insider tip Excellent backcountry camping opportunities; secure permit(s) from ranger station. Be bear aware.
Distance from Downtown 120 miles, plus Edmonds-Kingston ferry.
Permits and Passes National Park Entrance fee; dogs prohibited
Map Green Trails no. 133S Seven Lakes Basin