Enjoy an easy hike through the Olympic National Park ending at the beautiful Sol Duc Falls. This beautiful 48 foot waterfall is a must see for any Olympic Peninsula trip.
Almost Missed Opportunity
We almost didn’t go to Sole Duc Falls, but thankfully we had friends who had taken an Olympic Peninsula trip before us and shared their itinerary. I’m so glad they did because I would have been really sad if we had missed out on Sole Duc Falls. Check out the National Parks Services website to check road conditions before you go.
Take Sol Duc-Hot Springs Road towards Sole Duck Falls (the signs in the park list it as Soleduck, but websites will list it as Sol Duc). This beautiful road follows the Sol Duc River and there are a few stop offs to take pictures and see the river. I highly recommend stopping off at Salmon Cascades. You can walk out on the rocks and get great views of the Sol Duc River. There were no salmon when we stopped, but there are coho salmon that use this river, so keep your eyes out.
Hiking the Falls
After the pretty drive, Sol Duc Road will end at Sul Duc Trailhead. There are lots of trail options, but we chose the 0.8 mile hike to Sol Duc Falls. Make sure and at least take this hike, it is absolutely worth it. The hike is easy and at the end is an absolutely beautiful waterfall.
Hear the Roar
You will be able to hear the waterfall before you can see it. So when you hear the roar of the water you know you are getting close.
Make sure to take the bridge across the falls and look down, yes i know i’m scared of heights too, but you do not realize how tall the falls are until you do this. They are deceiving where you are eye level with the top of the falls.
Sit Back & Relax
Near the waterfall are a few benches, so sit back and enjoy the roar of the rushing water. There are also trails to the bottom of the falls if you would like a different view.