North Fork of the Sol Duc

Sappho, Washington 98305

North Fork of the Sol Duc

North Fork of the Sol Duc Professional Review and Guide

"This is a 9-mile backpack up the North Fork of the Sol Duc River to the end of the trail. This trail follows the valley of the North Fork of the Sol Duc River, which has remained undisturbed by fi re and human activities for centuries. The wild and remote character of this drainage is surprising given its easy access.

The trail offers pleasant hiking as far as the second ford, after which it is no longer maintained. Numerous wades across the stream are required to reach the North Fork Shelter, but beyond this point it is no great feat to bushwhack upward through the open forests of a spur ridge to connect with the Happy Lake Ridge Trail."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,890 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,900 feet
Top Elevation
Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Muller, Lake Crescent; Custom Correct Lake Crescent-Happy Ridge
Local Maps