Sol Duc Falls


Day Hike - Sol Duc Falls

Explore the scenic rain forest along the Sol Duc River on a loop hike with a stop at picturesque Sol Duc Falls and a soak afterward in Sol Duc Hotsprings. This is part of the Sol Duc Hotsprings Car Camp, involving camping Saturday night at Sol Duc Campground and hiking to Deer Lake on Sunday.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,000 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 11:30 AM at the front porch of the Sol Duc Hotsprings Resort, reached from US 101 by continuing past Lake Crescent and turning left onto Sol Duc Road, showing a National Park Pass at the Olympic National Park Entrance booth and continuing ten miles to the turnoff to the right to the Sol Duc Resort parking lot.

After everyone has arrived at the Sol Duc Resort front porch, we will either proceed to the Sol Duc Campground to set up camp in our preserved campsites, if they are available at that time, and have a picnic lunch there, or have our trail lunch at another available location in the Sol Duc area.

Then we will begin the loop hike to Sol Duc Falls and back, starting up the east side of the Sol Duc River and returning on the west side to complete the loop.  After returning to camp, we'll take an optional soak in the Sol Duc Hotsprings pools, involving a small fee.

After the soak, we'll return to camp for a camp dinner, followed by smores around the campfire.

Leader permission is required to assure that everyone registering for this hike also registers for the Sunday Deer Lake hike and participates in the Saturday night encampment at Sol Duc Campground.

See the description for the Sunday day hike to Deer Lake for that day's activities.


Sol Duc Falls

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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