North Fork of the Sol Duc

Sappho, Washington

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This is a 9-mile backpack up the North Fork of the Sol Duc River to the end of the trail. This trail follows the valley of the North Fork of the Sol Duc River, which has remained undisturbed by fi re and human activities for centuries. The wild and remote character of this drainage is surprising given its easy access. The trail offers pleasant hiking as far as the second ford, after which it is no longer maintained. Numerous wades across the stream are required to reach the North Fork Shelter, but beyond this point it is no great feat to bushwhack upward through the open forests of a spur ridge to connect with the Happy Lake Ridge Trail.
Hiking Olympic National Park

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Hiking Olympic National Park

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This is a 9-mile backpack up the North Fork of the Sol Duc River to the end of the trail. This trail follows the valley of the North Fork of the Sol Duc River, which has remained undisturbed by fi re and human activities for centuries. The wild and remote character of this drainage is surprising given its easy access.

The trail offers pleasant hiking as far as the second ford, after which it is no longer maintained. Numerous wades across the stream are required to reach the North Fork Shelter, but beyond this point it is no great feat to bushwhack upward through the open forests of a spur ridge to connect with the Happy Lake Ridge Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sappho
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 1,890 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,800 feet
Top Elevation: 2,900 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Maps: USGS Mount Muller, Lake Crescent; Custom Correct Lake Crescent-Happy Ridge
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork of the Sol Duc

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