Royal Lake is beautiful and the hike to the lake takes you through a variety of terrain. The hike to Royal Lake begins at the Upper Dungeness Trailhead. The path has little to no markings, so make sure you know where you are going. After 1 mile there is a bridge to the left, but you must continue onto the right path. The remaining of the hike is mostly uphill. They day we hiked it rained making the hike more difficult. It is not for the faint hearted, but it is completely doable!
Once we arrived at Royal Lake the views were amazing. We set up camp overlooking the lake and explored around the lake. It is a very small lake, it is a quick walk around and there is a path that takes you to Royal Basin.
Unfortunately, fires are not allowed at this elevation, so be sure to pack a stove or food that does not require cooking. The mosquitos were very bad in the evening, causing us to call it a night early. Also, it gets cold at night, so an extra layer is a must!
The hike out was significantly quicker and easier, due to it being dry and mostly downhill. Overall, I thought Royal Lake was beautiful, but I would not go back.