A mostly flat trail, and good thing because your eyes won’t be on the ground – they’ll be drawn to Sol Duc Falls.
A rushing waterfall that crashes below you over green mossy rocks as you stand on a long wooden bridge above. Mossy evergreens tower above you, but the sunlight makes its way through in the most magical way. Sol Duc Falls Trail is a 1.6 out and back trail on the Olympic Peninsula.
Get Ready: Sol Duc Falls Trail is deep within the Olympic Peninsula. It’s a 4.5 hour drive from Seattle. Since it’s so far, I recommend packing your bags for the weekend and camping. We camped for one night at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Campground. It was quiet and cozy near a river and right near the Hot Springs – need I say more? You can even make a trip of it and go to the coast and camp for a night there too. Be sure to bring rain gear just in case. The trail can be muddy.
Get Set: There’s a spacious parking lot and an easy to read map marking the start of the trail. You can’t miss it.
Go: Start out on the rich brown dirt path. You’ll very briefly go downhill and then up again past a log cabin on your left. You can hear the rushing Sol Duc River which serves as interstate of sorts for the Coho salmon as they swim to nearby lakes. At about ½ a mile in, the trail levels off for the most part. Here you can just walk and enjoy the old growth forest around you. When you get to the falls, you’ll see a long wooden bridge.
Walk onto it to get a full 360 degree view of the three spout falls. Rainbows are made from the mist as the sunlight falls through the mossy trees above. Walk across the bridge and travel further along the river. Sit and enjoy.
Effort: This hike is perfect for beginners and advanced hikers alike. The view makes it worth the trek and the trek in isn’t that hard. You are rewarded after a short hike in.
Takeaway: I recommend this hike to anyone who wants to soak in the Olympic Peninsula. It’s perfect for all ages and skill levels and it’s clearly marked. It’s really is a magical spot.