Sol Duc Falls Trail
Sol Duc Falls Trail is a heavily trafficked waterfall hike in Olympic National Park that is rated as easy. This hike is a favorite for families and beginners due to its extremely modest elevation gain, and it’s a favorite for all others because of its beauty. The falls themselves are gorgeous, and it only takes about an hour to enjoy this entire trail. All that being said, it is an extremely popular hike and the trail sees heavy traffic. Try to hike midweek or early in the mornings for the best chance of a peaceful outing.
The road to the trailhead is subject to seasonal closure. Please check current conditions if you’re visiting in the winter.
The trailhead for Sol Duc Falls is at the end of Sol Duc Road.
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Sol Duc Falls Trail
Sol Duc Falls Trail Description
Sol Duc Falls are simply breathtaking, making it obvious why they’re one of the most visited sites in the park. Native American legend says that the falls were formed by a dragon, and while we can’t confirm this origin story, they retain their charm and beauty. The trail to reach the falls is extremely short and simple, making them accessible for most ability levels as well as families with young children. Photographers frequent the falls, and they’ll want to try and visit on an overcast day or in the morning and evening when the light plays against the water. The spray from the falls can be intense, so a towel can be a handy item to bring.
Note that the road to the trailhead is subject to seasonal road closures, so you’ll want to check its status if visiting in the wintertime.
Begin from the end of the road past the hot springs and resort. From the trailhead, take the wide, well-maintained trail through the trees. You’ll be walking underneath a dense canopy, enjoying the classic coastal temperate rainforest that dominates the park. Thanks to the high annual average rainfall, the biodiversity of this rainforest is exceptional.
Cross a small creek on a bridge, and then walk the short distance to the falls. You’ll hear the falls before you see them.
Depending on the flow, Sol Duc Falls splits into as many as four different falls as it tumbles 48ft. For the best experience, visiting in late spring tends to see the most vibrant forest and most impressive falls while avoiding the gloom of winter. Check out all the angles from the various viewpoints available.
When you’re ready, you’ll return on the same trail you came in on.
Sol Duc Falls
Sol Duc Falls is a breathtaking waterfall in Olympic National Park. The cascading water is surrounded by rainforest and empties into a turquoise basin. These falls are easily accessed on a simple nature trail, making them a popular destination.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to hike to Sol Duc Falls?
Yes, you have to hike to reach the falls. That being said, it’s a very quick hike- less than 2.0mi roundtrip.
Can you swim in Sol Duc Falls?
You can swim at the hot springs twelve miles down the road from the falls.
Can you fish at Sol Duc Falls?
While you can’t fish right at the falls, if you go west on La Push Road you can access the Sol Duc bank for fishing.
Don’t forget your National Park Pass for this hike.
Try going in the early morning or midweek for the quietest trail.
This hike is especially enjoyable on a hot day.
You’ll need a permit to stay overnight in the area.
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