Hike to Sol Duc Falls and Deer Lake

5.6 Miles Round Trip - 1500 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Sol Duc Falls Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Rose Freeman

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.

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Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall

Details

5.6 Miles
1500 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Port Angeles, Washington

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort

From $25/night

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Olympic Peninsula / Port Angeles KOA

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Just the beginning...

The Sol Duc Falls is an amazing sights and sounds. In its own right it is a fantastic destination! I fondly recall the falls as being both the beginning and end to what was an amazing journey along the High Divide!

Epic Views for the length of hike

This hike is short, and the reward is awesome! Beautiful falls and a great example of why the PNW is just rockin!

Iconic Falls of the Olympic Peninsula

Sol Duc Falls is definitely worth the long drive and whole forest surrounding it is just amazing. If you're there in mid-day the falls tend to form a rainbow but the contrast between the shaded forest and bright falls can be hard to photography.