Nature's Three-in-One Package! Sol Duc Hot Springs, Falls and River

Named "Land of Sparkling Water" by the Quileute Tribe, Sol Duc Falls and Hot Springs is a place good for the body and Soul.

Whether soaking in the beauty of the area or soaking in the healing powers of Sol Duc Hot Springs, this spot offers a variety of outdoor acitivites.

Located about an hour west of Port Angeles, Washington on US Hwy 101, this secluded valley getaway boasts old growth forests, mineral springs, hiking, camping, massage therapy, kayaking, birding...scores of ways to melt away life's little tensions!

HIKING. You can hike all the way to view Sol Duc Falls for a truly memorable experience, enjoying the old growth forest ont he way. Lover's Lane Trail, a six-mile loop, follows the Sol Duc River to a scenic set of three falls and countless small pools. Accessible for youngsters and oldsters alike, the trail has very little elevation change for most of the route. For those needing more accessibility, a short (.1 mile) crushed rock and dirt path leads from Sol Duc Road to a wooden platform overlooking views of the Sold Duc River and small salmon cascades. Leaping salmon can often be seen here in late summer, when the river supports an unusual stock of coho salmon that begin their return from the Pacific, rather than in the fall, as is normal.

For a better view, more able-bodied hikers can follow the path to the left of the platform where three separate falls are viewable. The water roars furiously down through a deep canyon creating sparking, misty rainbows. Watch your step on the wooden bridges that line the trail! The combination of mist and moss can make the wood slick.

Other day hike possibilities include Mink Lake Trail, which begins at the Sol Duc Resort and climbs 1,400 feet in 2.5 miles through dense forest to the lake, where there is ample tout fishing.  Ancient Groves Nature Trail, a one-half mile loop through old growth forest, connects two roadside turnouts.

SOAKING. Just as memorable is to head straight for the Sol Duc Hot Springs and soak away the day's workout until dinner time. The concession-operated Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Lodge not only provides soothing mineral hot pools for soaking, but a varitey of food service options including the Poolside Deli, The Springs Restaurant and an Espresso Hut.

LODGING AND CAMPING. Located withiin Olympic National Park, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort features an RV Park wtih 17 RV sites that offer water and electric hookups. (No tenting is allowed here.) It is located in a peaceful, secluded setting conveniently close to Sol Duc's pools, dining and shopping. The great outdoors is yours, along with cozy cabins, a cafe and restaurant, a gift shop, grocery store and other amenities in the heart of Washington's Olympic National Park. Tent camping is allowed in the Park-operated Sol Duc Campground, located along the Sol Duc River, with some riverside camp sites, is open year round, but with no water and only pit toilets in winter months.

GETTING THERE. From Port Angeles, travel 28 miles west on US Hwy 101 to Sol Duc River Road. Turn left and follow the signs into the Park, approximatelyh eight miles to the Cascade parking area. Please note: the Sol Duc River Road may be closed in winter due to low-elevationsnowfall.

GETTING CONNECTED

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort 360-327-3583 Closed in winter

Eagle Ranger Station 360-327-3534 Open seasonally

Olympic National Park Visitor Center 360-565-3130

Recorded road and weather infomation 360-565-3131

Location

Sol Duc Hot SpringsWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
See map: Google Maps
Sol Duc Hot SpringsWA