Sol Duc Hot Springs

Port Angeles, Washington

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A commercial resort nestled in a valley of the Northern Hemisphere’s only temperate rain forest. All of Sol Duc Resort’s soaking opportunities are clustered behind the main lodge. (Diners in the Springs Restaurant have a front-row view of the bathers.) Two circular hot pools, both about 20 feet in diameter, are the focus for most visitors. The pools, which are about 2 feet deep, are filled with natural hot water that measures 101° to 105° F. A hot-water fountain gurgles from a platform in the center of the pool closest to the lodge. A smaller wading pool about 6 inches deep lies adjacent to the soaking pool. The hot pools are drained and cleaned every night after closing. Farthest from the lodge is the cold-water swimming pool, which is 100 feet long by 30 feet wide and 2 to 10 feet deep. This chlorinated pool usually measures a brisk 74° to 78° F. The chilly swimming-pool water is especially popular with children, while adults can keep an eye on their clans from the comfort of the warm soaking pools.
Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon

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Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon

by Jeff Birkby (Falcon Guides)

A commercial resort nestled in a valley of the Northern Hemisphere’s only temperate rain forest. All of Sol Duc Resort’s soaking opportunities are clustered behind the main lodge. (Diners in the Springs Restaurant have a front-row view of the bathers.) Two circular hot pools, both about 20 feet in diameter, are the focus for most visitors. The pools, which are about 2 feet deep, are filled with natural hot water that measures 101° to 105° F.

A hot-water fountain gurgles from a platform in the center of the pool closest to the lodge. A smaller wading pool about 6 inches deep lies adjacent to the soaking pool. The hot pools are drained and cleaned every night after closing. Farthest from the lodge is the cold-water swimming pool, which is 100 feet long by 30 feet wide and 2 to 10 feet deep. This chlorinated pool usually measures a brisk 74° to 78° F. The chilly swimming-pool water is especially popular with children, while adults can keep an eye on their clans from the comfort of the warm soaking pools.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Season: Late March through mid-October
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, 12076 Sol Duc Hot Springs Rd., Port Angeles, WA 98363; (866) 4SOLDUC (866-476-5382); www.olympicnationalparks.com/accommodations/sol-duc-hot-springs-resort.aspx
Local Maps: Washington State Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Sol Duc Hot Springs

Recent Trail Reviews

10/16/2006
0

Very commercial, website of theirs did not even bother to mention how much it cost, nor that they filter the springs into a basic blue pool setup? We prefer a natural surrounding and did not expect this at all. If they had shown pictures we would not have stopped. Perk? We found some great access points to the Sol Duc River nearby!


10/14/2005
1

I had initially avoided these springs as this is definately a resort atmosphere as the description indicates. The reader must know that this is a very special place with a flat, 1 mile trail to a waterfall, many places to find privacy by the river, and a loop trail (apprx 20 miles) that goes high into Olympic Alpine country and offers some of the best views of Mt. Olympus (the highest peak on the peninsula that is difficult to glimpse from anywhere else! Likely any picture you've seen was from the trail that leaves from the falls). The loop trail meets up with other interior trails as well. This is a much shorter way to access Olympus than going in from the Hoh Rain Forest. I recommend going after Labor Day (due to resort crowds and weather/snow finally melted in the high country) and I was able to get an (expensive little no food allowed) cabin at the resort and do one leg of the loop up & back (18 mi.) in the daylight. The cabin rental included use of the springs! The trail is well travelled and I met a ranger along the way as well as a few other hikers. On the clearest day, from the top of Bogachiel Peak (see the Mountaineers Guide) you may even get a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean! *Overall, rates TOP on my list of many "day" hikes in the the state of WA. Plus you drive by the jewel Crescent Lake right before the park entrance. Gotta do it!!



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