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Sol Duc Falls

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
47.9622, -123.8499 Map & Directions
Length
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
200 feet
Highest Point
1951 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy

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Sol Duc Falls. Photo by David Elderkin.

Marvel at old-growth trees amid a lush rain forest landscape while visiting one of Olympic National Park’s most beloved attractions: Sol Duc Falls. Continue reading

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers

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National Park Pass
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Hiking Sol Duc Falls

Marvel at old-growth trees amid a lush rain forest landscape while visiting one of Olympic National Park’s most beloved attractions: Sol Duc Falls.

The Sol Duc Valley in Olympic National Park has it all—towering trees, cascading waterways, alpine lakes, snowcapped peaks and wildlife. The valley is home to several trails and many attractions, making the price for entry—$25 for 7 consecutive days or $50 for an annual Olympic National Park pass—a great value.

The trail to Sol Duc Falls begins beyond the Sol Duc Hot Springs and Resort, at the end of the road. The impressive Sol Duc Hotel once stood at the site of the current hot springs and resort. Opened in 1912, the five-star hotel and resort drew crowds from all over the world until it was destroyed by fire in 1920.

From the trailhead, follow the wide, well-maintained path through the forest. The route is family friendly and pleasant, wandering beneath a dense forest canopy and among every shade of green. Cross a small stream on a bridge, pausing to enjoy the water tumbling over moss-covered rocks. Sol Duc Falls announces itself with a roar prior to coming into view. At 0.8 mile arrive at a historic shelter and waterfall. 

Depending on water volume, Sol Duc Falls splits into as many as four channels as it cascades 48 feet into a narrow, rocky canyon. There are various viewpoints of the waterfall, both upstream and down—as well as on the bridge that crosses the river.

Photographers will want to bring a tripod and filters for the best shot of the cascading water. Consider visiting on a cloudy day, or during the morning and evening hours, when light and shadows dance through the landscape. Don’t forget a towel to dry off spray from the falls.

Seasonal tip: Permits are required for all overnight stays. Quotas and reservations are in effect May 1 through Sept. 30 for the Sol Duc—Seven Lakes Basin area.

Hike Description Written by
Kelsie Donleycott, WTA Correspondent

Sol Duc Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9622, -123.8499 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Getting There

From Port Angeles, travel west on Hwy 101 for 29 miles to Sol Duc Road. Turn left and continue for 14 miles, passing the hot springs, to the parking lot at the end of the road.

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Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

Sol Duc River (#40)

Olympic National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

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Buy the Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S map

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