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blue Deer Lake Trail


3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,623' 495 m
Descent: -18' -5 m
High: 3,689' 1,124 m
Low: 2,084' 635 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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Trail shared by Megan W

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

Megan W

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.


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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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.
Aug 9, 2017
Peggy Hubble
Jun 30, 2017
Lisa Little

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