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Sol Duc Falls

A stunning signature falls of national prominence in Olympic National Park.

ADVISORY: Sol Duc Falls Foot Bridge Closed for Replacement May 15-22, 2019. For current road and travel information, visitors should consult the park website at www.nps.gov/olym and call the recorded Road and Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131.

Location

Olympic National Park at the end of Sol Duc Road after a 0.8 mile hike.

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Travel Instructions

Drive west from Fairholm on Highway 101 approximately 1.8 miles to the road for Sol Duc Hot Springs. Drive approximately 14 miles up the road to the parking lot at the Sol Duc Trailhead. Hike on an easy trail 0.8 miles, just past the rebuilt CCC era Canyon Creek Shelter (aka Sol Duc Shelter) and you will see (and hear) the falls, viewable up close on a bridge crossing the Sol Duc River.

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Notes

This is a great year-round falls. In contrast to most falls on the Olympic Peninsula, this one is viewed from above stream level. In the rainy season and early spring runoff this falls can be spectacular as it thunders beneath your feet. Winter viewing may require a snowshoe hike as Sol Duc Resort and road close during the snowy off season.

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71 Responses to “Sol Duc Falls”

  1. waterfalls says:

    Cinthia, Are you planning on doing the drive from Seattle, hiking up to Sol Duc Falls, and driving back to Seattle in one day? The drive from Seattle to the Sol Duc Falls trail head will take about 4 hours with no delays. Here’s a link to the Google Map showing the distance: https://bit.ly/2KIcIQS
    It might be a bit much for the children to drive back to Seattle after the 1.6 mile roundtrip hike – but it could be done.

  2. Cinthia says:

    Is this ok for a day trip from Seattle with a 5 year old and 11 year old?

  3. Bob Webb says:

    Gorgeous and easy hike.

  4. waterfalls says:

    Sol Duc Falls is a great destination for a hike. In the winter, however, the road is usually closed to vehicle traffic. From Highway 101 to the falls is about 15 miles. Might be a good overnight or two hike. About 14 of the miles will be on the Sol Duc Road up to the closed resort and trail head for hike to the waterfall.

  5. […] Duc Falls Set within the Olympic National Park, Sol Duc Falls is an excellent excuse for some winter hiking. Tucked into the thick temperate forest, it meanders […]

  6. waterfalls says:

    It’s rocky trail and BOB stroller would not be useful on this trail.

  7. waterfalls says:

    Thank you for your input and insight into the difficulty of the trail. I’m sure others will take this into consideration when planning their hike. Everyone is different and interprets information differently, so we are thankful for your opinion. We hope the hike was worth seeing Sol Duc. Happy trails.

  8. Rosie says:

    Beautiful falls even this late in the summer. But I will say I am in ok shape and my husband is not. My husband did not find this short hike easy. More like light moderate. The day we went I had done a strenuous hour bike ride that morning and expected a flat walk. I was a bit suprised of the inclines involved and had two people ask us on our return how much further beacuse apparently they were suprised too. Also it did feel longer than .8 miles.

  9. Alex says:

    can you take a BOB stroller on the easy 1.8 mi trail?

  10. Kristen says:

    Thanks! It’s a beautiful hike!

  11. waterfalls says:

    Thanks for sharing your photos and your adventure to Sol Duc Falls. You’ve captured some really nice images!

  12. […] hike that weekend was to Sol Duc Falls, an easy 1.6 mile trek to a beautiful waterfall. I love this shot we got of the sun peeking through […]

  13. waterfalls says:

    Hey, #38 Road Trip – Hope you made it into Enchanted Valley area. Definitely worth a return trip to get to the Sol Duc area!

  14. […] along, we took the road to Sol Duc Falls for a bit, although the actual Sol Duc area was still closed. There are several small hikes along […]

  15. P A Schreiber says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! This alone made the trip from Arizona more than worth it.

  16. […] of the images I brought home from Washington, the week before heading east. Like this one, from Sol Duc Falls. Aaahhhhh, it’s like a cool, soothing throat lozenge for the […]

  17. waterfalls says:

    WOW! Nineteen hours! Walking and talking….sounds like a pretty perfect road trip. Happy that you got to hit some of the highlights of the OP. Would love to see some of your photos!

  18. […] time we had, so we went on a 19 hour road trip to capture the most perfect images.  We traveled to Sol Duc Falls, Hoh Rainforest, and Ruby Beach.  It was a whirlwind trip with tons of walking and taking […]

  19. waterfalls says:

    Thanks for the comment! We sure agree that Sol Duc Falls is stunning. And, a soak in the mineral pools after the hike to the falls is a perfect way to relax.

  20. […] Sol Duc Falls is yet another stunning place within Olympic National Park. […]

  21. waterfalls says:

    I imagine the Scouts are still hanging out there! It’s a favorite place of lots of folks. Us included!