Hike to Sol Duc Falls and Deer Lake

Sol Duc Falls Trailhead

Explore a short hike through green mossy woods to a roaring waterfall! Sol Duc Falls hike round trip: 1.6 miles. Elevation gain: 500ft. Hike past the waterfall to Deer Lake round trip: 5.6 miles. Elevation gain: 1,500ft.

The hike to Sol Duc Falls is a simple 0.8 mile walk to a roaring falls on the Sol Duc River. If you’re up for more of a hike, continue on the trail to Deer Lake from Sol Duc Falls. At the fork in the trail, turn left and hike up away from the Lover's Lane Trail.

The trail steepens and the rocky switchbacks lead you through a forest of cedar, hemlock, and silver fir trees. At 1.5 miles, cross over Canyon Creek on a wide bridge. Continue another 0.5 miles and keep your eye out for the sparkly blue lake to burst through the trees. The trail winds around the lake to a grassy meadow. Enjoy lunch at the lake before the return hike.

To get to the Sol Duc River Trailhead, turn onto Sol Duc Hot Springs Road from US Highway 101 and follow it all the way to the end where you'll find the parking lot and trailhead.

Pack List

  • National Park entrance fee
  • Osprey Mira 26 Hydration Pack
  • Lowa boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Extra clothing layers
  • Map
  • Headlamp
  • First aid
  • Extra food
  • Water filter
  • Camera!
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RT Distance 5.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 1500 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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Huge reward for short hike to the falls!

We didn't go all the way to the lake but the falls are incredible! We arrived just before sunrise and there was not another soul in sight. I've heard it gets pretty busy as the day goes on but the morning was perfect.

Check it out

Great little hike to the falls. Pretty sweet falls when the sun is coming through at the right angle (towards sunset) as the rainbow spans the entire falls!

Nice trail

Another trail best done early morning. I made it to Deer lake by 8:30am. Not a sole around and spotted a deer and fawn on the opposite side of the lake.


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