North Fork Soleduck River Trail

Port Angeles, Washington

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This lightly used woodland trail follows the north fork of the Sol Duc River into a meadow that can be either a base camp for further explorations up the river, or a turnaround point. In August and September children can expect to see spawning salmon from the bridge or from natural rock benches along the riverbank. Elk and deer are frequent visitors all year round, and if children miss seeing them they may find their tracks instead. The elk act as lawnmowers and grounds-keepers for the forest, grooming and trimming plants such as devil’s club and salmonberries so that the trail looks neat and tidy. A family’s best chance to see the big animals is in the fall and winter months, either early in the morning or late in the evening. This river has been proposed for Wild and Scenic River designation.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

This lightly used woodland trail follows the north fork of the Sol Duc River into a meadow that can be either a base camp for further explorations up the river, or a turnaround point. In August and September children can expect to see spawning salmon from the bridge or from natural rock benches along the riverbank.

Elk and deer are frequent visitors all year round, and if children miss seeing them they may find their tracks instead. The elk act as lawnmowers and grounds-keepers for the forest, grooming and trimming plants such as devil’s club and salmonberries so that the trail looks neat and tidy. A family’s best chance to see the big animals is in the fall and winter months, either early in the morning or late in the evening. This river has been proposed for Wild and Scenic River designation.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 1,800 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 133 Mount Tom; Olympic National Park map
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Soleduck River Trail

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