Sol Duc River Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,897' 883 m
Descent: -102' -31 m
High: 4,778' 1,456 m
Low: 1,983' 604 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
Current trail conditions
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“Wonderful views, a waterfall and lovely lakes await you on this trail.”— Megan W
Continue along the valley bottom over mellow terrain until the intersection with the Appleton Pass Trail, after which the grade increases noticeably. Leave the Sol Duc River valley and climb steep switchbacks up the hillside next to Bridge Creek. The dense forest gradually gives way to enchanting meadows which, in turn, eventually become wide open fields with expansive views of the surrounding mountains.
The trail passes a small waterfall at the outlet of romantic Heart Lake. Contour around the east side of Heart Lake and envy the lucky folks who are camping in this idyllic spot. The Sol Duc River Trail ends at a junction with High Divide Trail (this junction is shown next to the lake on some maps, at the ridge on others).
Note: higher elevations usually melt out in early to mid-July and become unusable again by October.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park