Sol Duc Falls

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...

Sol Duc Falls

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.

Getting to Sol Duc Falls

Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park


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: 

  • Sequim is 57.6 miles (93 km), which takes about 1.5 hours to drive
  • Forks is 40 miles (km) to the west, which takes about 52 minutes to drive
  • Aberdeen WA is 147 miles to the southwest, which takes about 2.9 hours to drive
  • Seattle is 124 miles away via the Bainbridge ferry, a commute of approximately 3.5 hours if the ferry wait is not too long.

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.


The Trail to the Bridge over Sol Duc Falls

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.

Once you reach this shelter along the Sol Duc Falls trail (in the Olympic National Park), the falls and the bridge over the Sol Duc Falls is not far away.

Along the Trail...

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.


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 


See more info on the Sol Duc Valley from the Olympic National Park website

Consider a stop at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort