North Fork Sol Duc River Trail

Fairholm, Washington

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The Sol Duc River may be a happening place with its hot springs resort, riverside campgrounds, and miles of popular trails, but not so for the North Fork. Here you’re likely to run into only elk and deer. Is the trail rough? Hardly. It’s one of the most enjoyable riverside trails on the peninsula. It’s just that it really doesn’t go anywhere—no peak, no lake. And in today’s goal-oriented society, these types of trails are overlooked. But if it’s miles of solitude you’re seeking, and peace of mind that only wilderness can instill, this is your trail. At about 2 miles pass some large Sitka spruce trees that might make you feel like you’re in one of the coastal rain forests. A few grassy openings are traversed along the way, and chances are always good for spotting big game in these clearings. At 3 miles you’ll come to a riverside campsite, perfect for snacking or calling it quits if you prefer a shorter hike.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

The Sol Duc River may be a happening place with its hot springs resort, riverside campgrounds, and miles of popular trails, but not so for the North Fork. Here you’re likely to run into only elk and deer. Is the trail rough? Hardly. It’s one of the most enjoyable riverside trails on the peninsula. It’s just that it really doesn’t go anywhere—no peak, no lake. And in today’s goal-oriented society, these types of trails are overlooked. But if it’s miles of solitude you’re seeking, and peace of mind that only wilderness can instill, this is your trail.

At about 2 miles pass some large Sitka spruce trees that might make you feel like you’re in one of the coastal rain forests. A few grassy openings are traversed along the way, and chances are always good for spotting big game in these clearings. At 3 miles you’ll come to a riverside campsite, perfect for snacking or calling it quits if you prefer a shorter hike.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fairholm
Distance: 12.4
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: March to December
Trailhead Elevation: 1,550 feet
Top Elevation: 2,400 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin-Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S, Custom Correct Lake Crescent-Happy Lake Ridge
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Sol Duc River Trail

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