Sol Duc Campground Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain269ft
Trailhead Elevation1,689ft
Elevation Min/Max1688/1912ft
Elevation Start/End1689/1689ft

Sol Duc Campground Trail

Sol Duc Campground Trail is a hiking trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 1,689 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 269 feet. This trail connects with the following: Sol Duc Falls Nature Trail.

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"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."
Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"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."
Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Jeff Birkby
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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."

Sol Duc Campground Trail Trip Reports

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This was an easy, but rewarding little hike. Tons of little wild flowers lined a trail that culminated in a close-up view of Sol Duc Falls. Careful on the bridge, though. Spray from the falls has created a layer of muck that's quite slippery!
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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!
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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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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Additional Use
Hot Springs, Waterfalls
Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin-Mt Olympus Climbing No. 133S, Custom Correct Seven Lakes Basin-Hoh
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