Sol Duc Falls Nature Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain348ft
Trailhead Elevation1,977ft
Elevation Min/Max1911/2047ft
Elevation Start/End1977/1977ft

Sol Duc Falls Nature Trail

Sol Duc Falls Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 1,977 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 348 feet. Near the trailhead there is an information board. The trail ends near the Sol Duc Falls viewpoint. There is also a shelter near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Sol Duc River Trail, Deer Lake Trail and Sol Duc Campground Trail.

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Hiking Waterfalls in Washington (Falcon Guides)
Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer
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"Sol Duc Falls may be one of the most famous waterfalls in the state of Washington, and for good reason. The Sol Duc River puts on quite a show when it braids into four channels that then plunge side- by- side over a sharp ledge and fall 37 feet straight down into a deep, dark chasm below. Then the accumulated river falls another 11 feet into another larger gorge before shuttling on downstream. Drive to the end of Sol Duc Hot Springs Road and park. The trailhead is well marked with kiosks bearing information on backcountry travel in general and maps outlining the trails fanning out from the Sol Duc drainage. Within 150 feet of the trailhead, a series of twenty- eight stair steps heading downhill makes things easy." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"From the trailhead, a broad path winds eastward through the towering bottomland forest. The trail forks at the Sol Duc Falls shelter. Follow the right fork down to the river, where a stout bridge and viewing area allow close inspection of this unusual cataract. As the river wore a channel through the stone of the valley floor, it encountered a hard, resistant stratum of stone that was tilted vertically and cut diagonally across the river channel." Read more

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Skill Level
Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, WA;; (360) 565-3130
Local Contacts
DeLorme Washington Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 43 A6
Local Maps