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Deer Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (8)

This is a moderate trail to a large lake enclosed by lush, inviting meadows.


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Point to Point

3,689' 1,124 m

High

2,084' 635 m

Low

1,623' 495 m

Up

18' 5 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly This trail's moderate grades and manageable distance make it a viable option for families with children. Connection with the Lover's Lane Trail can provide families with a doable, yet demanding day.

Description

The Deer Lake Trail begins at a junction with the Sol Duc River Trail just west of Sol Duc Falls. Take the Deer Lake Trail southwest across the Sol Duc River and past the eastern end of the Lover's Lane Trail. Start the uphill switchbacking up the Canyon Creek drainage. Cross the creek at a bridge and continue the steady consistent uphill hike.

The trail proceeds along the western side of Canyon Creek, contouring up the steep hillside. Finally, the grade eases as you approach footbridge over the outlet of Deer Creek. There is often a lot of water rushing out here, and it's a nice spot to rest. The remainder of the path around the verdant lake is more level and goes past campsites and viewpoints. This is an intriguing place to explore- see if you can find "Fawn Lake," and the nearby network of pretty streams with "potholes" higher up (being careful to stay on established paths of course). The Deer Lake Trail ends at a junction with the High Divide Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Yellow cedar, mountain hemlock, silver fir, huckleberries. Deer.

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Shared By:

Megan W

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  4.0 from 8 votes

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#435

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Photos

Sol Duc Falls rages with early summer runoff.
Jun 26, 2017 near Forks, WA
Climb.. climb.. on High Divide
Feb 25, 2015 near Forks, WA
Sol Duc Falls cuts right through age-old rainforest.
Jun 26, 2017 near Forks, WA
Sol Duc Falls. with permission from Dean Goss All Rights Reserved
Mar 30, 2016 near Forks, WA
Seven Lakes Basin Loop sign again--we made it!
Jul 15, 2019 near Forks, WA
Deer Lake campsite #8
Jul 15, 2019 near Forks, WA

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Jul 30, 2020
Jessica Joaquin
May 29, 2020
Dan Hanus
Hiking up by Sol Duc falls, glorious!
Mar 31, 2019
Spencer Merage
With Court, went all the way up to Deer Lake, frozen, lots of snow. Beauty forest.
Sep 1, 2018
Liz Sabri
Jul 26, 2018
Amelia Palmer
It was slow going during the climb to Deer Lake but we made it back to Sol Duc falls in 1:30.
Sep 19, 2017
Sean McFeely
From the parking lot to the far side of Deer lake and back. 7.9mi
Sep 16, 2017
Bryce Finney
Aug 28, 2017
Magrat U.