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An easy loop from the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, perfect for early or late-season hiking. Ramble beneath towering old trees to a misty, mossy ravine that the Sol Duc River careens into. Watch determined dippers hunt for insects in the splash zone. Return along the pristine river until the fetid smell of sulfur signals you've arrived back at the springs.

This is a social hike from the hot springs resort through campgrounds and finally to the falls. Start by walking over the Sol Duc River Bridge, locating the trail on the northeast corner. Closely following the river, the trail first travels through the resort's RV park before emerging in the lower loop of the Sol Duc Campground after 0.4 mile.

Follow the campground loop road a short distance, picking up the trail and following it to the upper loop of the campground. Once again, walk a short distance on pavement to pick up the trail. Then through big timber, saunter 1.3 pleasant and peaceful miles to a junction. The trail left leads 0.25 mile to a large parking lot-the reason for the hordes of people you'll now be encountering.

On a well-trodden path continue for a nearly level 0.5 mile to a Civilian Conservation Corps-built shelter where the thundering sound of swiftly moving water barreling over a ledge announces that you've reached the falls. The best views are from the mist-sprayed bridge-quite inviting on a warm summer's day. The Sol Duc fans into two, crashing 50 feet into a narrow chasm where the sun rarely shines.

After enjoying the spectacle, cross the bridge and climb a small bluff to a junction. Hang a right onto the Lovers Lane Trail, although it's open to all, lovelorn, loveless, and loved alike. In a short distance cross Canyon Creek, which drains Deer Lake high above. Follow the peaceful path through lush bottomlands, crossing a couple more crashing tributaries before arriving back at the resort at 2.8 miles from the falls. Your nose will tell you when you're close.
Driving Directions:

From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 29 miles, passing Lake Crescent. About 2 miles beyond the Fairholm store, turn left onto the Sol Duc Hot Springs Road. (From Forks head east 28 miles on US 101, and turn right just past milepost 219.) Follow this road for 12 miles (passing the park entrance booth). Just past the Eagle Ranger Station turn right into the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. Parking is located to the far right (west) of the main lodge.

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Sol Duc Falls — Apr 15, 2014 — Jay & Missy
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Blowdowns
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Left out of the lodge through the various campgrounds to the CCC cabin and bridge. All fine and nic...
Left out of the lodge through the various campgrounds to the CCC cabin and bridge. All fine and nice falls. Came back on the other side of the river to the lodge. Quite a bit of blowdown. Only suggestion is to do the loop in the other direction (counterclockwise), since the section after we left the falls has many roots and stones for a while. Easier to go up this type of terain than down. No snow.
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Sol Duc Falls — Mar 01, 2014 — Lobster
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
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The 4 hr drive to get there was beautiful but when we got to the gate there was a note posted saying...
The 4 hr drive to get there was beautiful but when we got to the gate there was a note posted saying the road was closed until March 28th. Nowhere did it say it was closed on the internet or anywhere else I researched!!! None of the phone numbers I called (message only) did it state this road was closed. What a disappointment. We ended up driving the whole 101 hwy loop starting in Olympia stopping at several locations for mini hikes, then dinner in Aberdeen and back to Olympia. It was a 13 hr day..good mom and daughter time ;)
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Sol Duc Falls — Sep 17, 2013 — DWebb68
Day hike
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Trail was in great shape. Wife and I really enjoyed the round trip to the falls. Did manage to meet ...
Trail was in great shape. Wife and I really enjoyed the round trip to the falls. Did manage to meet a guy coming off the side of the east side of the trail on a fat tire mountain bike. Was really surprised to see him but he was giving way to the tourists and treading lightly.
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Sol Duc Falls, Appleton Pass — Sep 07, 2013 — Eric Jain
Overnight
Features: Ripe berries
Issues: Blowdowns | Bugs
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Got one of the last proper parking spots at the end of the Sol Duc Rd at 11am. The trail was less cr...
Got one of the last proper parking spots at the end of the Sol Duc Rd at 11am. The trail was less crowded than expected: Didn't encounter anyone past the Appleton Pass trail junction. There was one couple camping at Appleton Pass just before Oyster Lake. Set up camp on the large flat meadow above Oyster Lake.

The trails were well-maintained, just one blowdown that required climbing over (or under) on the Appleton Pass trail.

Lots of blueberries (most of which didn't taste all that good), and some thimbleberries. Lots of different mushrooms as well.

Found: One water filter and one sleeping pad. Left both items at the Eagle Ranger Station (360-327-3534).

Tracklog: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/372853466
Photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/[…]/AppletonPassSeptember2013
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Sol Duc Falls — Jun 09, 2013 — Olygrywolf
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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The loop trail is in good shape. Lots of bunchberry flowers to be seen throughout the hike. The rive...
The loop trail is in good shape. Lots of bunchberry flowers to be seen throughout the hike. The river is running strong right now, and there are small fry trout along the edges of the river. The falls as always are a great feature on this hike and they don't disappoint.
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Sol Duc Falls. Photo by David Elderkin.
Location
Sol Duc River (#40)
Olympics -- North
Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Statistics
Roundtrip 5.3 miles
Elevation Gain 400 ft
Highest Point 2000 ft
Features
Waterfalls
Old growth
Established campsites
User info
Good for kids
Dogs not allowed
National Park/Refuge entry fee required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)
Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin-Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S
Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin-Hoh

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