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A local Indian legend explains how the Olympic peninsula and Sol Duc Hot Springs were created... The legend goes like this: Once there were two dragons. One lived in the Sol Duc Valley and the other lived in the Elwha Valley. Neither dragon knew of the other's existence. One day they were both out exploring the forest when they came face to face on top of the ridge separating the Elwha and Sol Duc Valleys. They exploded with anger as each accused the other of invading its territory.

The fight was brutal as the dragons thrashed and ripped at each other to win back their territory. After years of fighting and clawing at each other, they grew frustrated. Their strength was evenly matched and neither could win. The dragons both admitted defeat and crawled back to caves in their respective valleys and are still crying over being defeated. The dragons' hot tears are the source of the hot springs in the Elwha and Sol Duc Valleys.

Although you'll be swimming in sad Dragon tears, at least they're warm...

This hot spring includes 21 seeps and the temperature sits right around 138°F.

Short Hike: From the Olympic Hot Springs Road, take the Olympic Hot Springs Trail for 2.6 miles.

Gem Type: Hot Spring

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Tom Robson

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Sep 18, 2019
Victoria S
Date incorrect Both interior and coast
Jun 19, 2019
Amy F
Apr 11, 2019
Tricia Alvarez
the road is washed away and you have to park at the entrance so actually getting to the entrance of the hike is an extra 10 miles of hiking. after…
Oct 6, 2018
John Cramer
Sep 11, 2018
Blnd_E Smith
Biking to Hot Springs
Jul 10, 2018
brent birsa
Jul 7, 2018
Matt McClintock
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