"This easy loop from the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is perfect for hikers of all ages and best done in the spring. Ramble beneath towering old trees to a misty, mossy ravine that the Sol Duc River careens into. Marvel at the thundering falls and watch dippers hunt for insects in the splash zone.
The ﬁrst 0.6 mile of this loop is a social hike through the resort and national park campgrounds. Dogs are prohibited." Read more
"Most people who visit Sol Duc Falls do so by walking the short, mostly level, 0.8-mile path from the huge parking area at the end of the paved road through Sol Duc Valley. But for the dedicated pedestrian, that is a rather unsatisfying jaunt that hardly seems worthy of even being called a hike. After all, on such a short walk you never really get the chance to fully appreciate your natural surroundings, to change your mind-set from one of driving a car to one of self- propelled locomotion, or even to feel like you have really “earned” the destination at all. And besides, hiking is an activity that is at least as much about the journey itself as it is about the destination. It is much better, therefore, for both body and soul, to take this longer and infinitely more satisfying loop hike to the same destination. This way you enjoy more solitude; have the opportunity to see additional waterfalls, some lovely forests, and some good river views; and can more fully appreciate the wonders of this primeval environment." Read more
"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." Read more