I have trouble calling this the Seven Lakes Basin Loop as many people do, since I have never actually been to Seven Lakes Basin proper. In my opinion, the hike is more appropriately called the High Divide Loop since the High Divide is the main feature and you really only skirt around the edge of the Seven Lakes Basin. But I guess you do go around the basin soooo.... whatever.
This was one of my last-minute type trips that I advertised on the Kitsap Hikers Facebook Group a day or two before the trip. I had three people who I had never hiked with express interest in the hike, and a fourth, my friend Paul who I had hiked with several times in the past. Being close to 20 miles, I vetted the newcomers to make sure they were up to the task before the day of the trip. Nothing like dragging someone along on a death march for 20 miles when a 10 miler would have been more suitable for them.