Stunning trip!

Just backpacked this as a 3 day-2 night trip, which was the minimum amount of time I'd give yourself if you want to leave time to enjoy yourself and relax/soak up the trail a little! We hiked the opposite direction of most, spending the first night at Heart Lake and the second at Lunch Lake in the Seven Lakes Basin (I booked in March for this trip to be sure I could get the backcountry spots I wanted). All told with the hike up Bogachiel Peak along the way (which you should definitely do!!) and to/from Lunch Lake (it's off the main trail), the loop was ~21 miles. Stunning alpine wildflowers and awesome views of Mt. Olympus - the High Divide trail itself is one of the most spectacular I've hiked in WA. Also, note the NPS entry fee is $25 now. Bear canisters are free to rent from the WIC in Port Angeles but they can disappear on busy weekends so try to get there early.

Hidden gem

While everyone scrambles for that Core permit or for Snow/Colchuck to be adjacent to the Core, the Caroline Zone sits quietly with much less attention being paid to it. The hike up to Lake Caroline is less well-maintained than other zones because it doesn't see the same foot traffic, but that's a fair price to pay for having more solitude out in these mountains. The views are phenomenal and there are great options to keep exploring further up trail once you've set up camp at Lake Caroline. Windy Pass is not to be missed! Note that the permit season for overnight stays in all Enchantments zones was extended in 2016 and a permit is now required May 15 through October 31.

Beautiful spot

Stayed here at the recommendation of an Olympic NP park ranger, who said it was her favorite campground in the area. Great little campground with clean and well-maintained sites next to the river. Was here on cloudy May weekend and had no trouble finding a spot, but unsure about availability during peak of summer.