Olympic Alpine Lake Ascent - Overnight

Olympic Alpine Lake Ascent - Overnight

This 2 day, 1 night backpacking excursion takes us on a dynamic and challenging trail with an incredible payoff of a pristine alpine lake surrounded by jagged peaks of the lower Olympic Mountains. While late spring/early summer rewards epic views of the snowy peaks, late summer brings wildflowers and berries to the meadows providing us with treats as we climb.

From Union, we drive up the scenic 101 on the Hood Canal for just over an hour before reaching our trailhead. Our hike begins in the Olympic National Forest following a trail where steep switchbacks give way to rock scrambles and meadow meandering over 4 miles before entering the Olympic National Park and reaching the beautiful alpine lake which will be our camp for the night. On day 2 we take our time on the descent, retracing our footsteps back to our starting trailhead.

A gain (and loss!) of nearly 4000 feet of elevation and sections of steep, rocky and uneven terrain makes this hike a perfect fit for those who are looking to sweat it out while exploring the beauty of the Olympics. Because of the length, elevation gain and varied terrain we consider this to be a challenging hike which we recommend for those who are very physically active and have at least a little previous hiking experience.

Don’t have time to commit to an overnight or just prefer to take this on as a challenging day hike? Check out our day hike version of this trip! 

*In recent years we’ve seen many of our favorite hiking trails and areas become damaged due to overuse. To protect this spot, we’ve omitted the name of this Lake from the trip description.


  • 1 Person $1,800
  • 2 people $1,050/ person
  • 3 people $800/ person
  • 4 people $700/ person

*For groups larger than 4 please fill out a Custom Trip Request