Sol Duc Falls: Journey in photos from the Soleduck trailhead, hiking along the Sol Duc Trail to the impressive falls and bridge.
You're hiking in the Sol Duc forest along the Soleduck Trail toward the bridge over the Sol Duc Falls, hopping over rivulets, noting various fungi species, and excited by sightings of trillium. Douglas fir and red cedar tower above. You pass an old log shelter, built years ago for the use of any passers-by. The air is cool and refreshing, perhaps even drizzly...
You begin to hear a soft thunder. Soon the sound is unmistakable; there is a waterfall ahead. A couple more bends in the trail, and there it is...
It really is quite an impressive waterfall, dropping off a ledge into the maw of a deep crack in the rock underfoot.
Mist hangs in the air as you walk halfway across the very cool little bridge spanning a mini-gorge, turn toward the pounding waterfall, and begin snapping photos.
Port Angeles is 42.6 miles (km) to the east of the Sol Duc Falls Trailhead, a drive of about 1 hour 6 minutes. But, if Port Angeles is not your starting point, then:
From Port Angeles, take Hwy 101 west past Lake Crescent. Approximately 2 miles past the end of the lake is the junction of Sol Duc Hot Springs Road. The signage is clear: Follow the signs, turn left on Sol Duc Hot Springs Road, and drive to the very end of the road (pictured below).
I hope you'll take the time to visit the other attractions in this area: Salmon Cascades, Ancient Grove, Sol Duc Hot Springs, and any hiking trails that interest you.
Above: Rangers are quick to maintain easily passable trails. They have cut away the portion of trunks that obstruct the trails. Lichens and fungi will soon thrive on the fallen logs and root balls.
Below: Once you reach this shelter along the Sol Duc Falls trail, the falls and the bridge over the Sol Duc Falls is not far away.
Right: Spring water tumbles down mossy creeks before feeding into the Sol Duc River. This mini-springwater cascade passes under the trail and keeps right on going in the same beautiful fashion.
The Sol Duc Falls Trail