Lover's Lane Loop
ElevationAscent: 538' 164 m
Descent: -535' -163 m
High: 2,106' 642 m
Low: 1,658' 505 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“This spectacular outing takes in two waterfalls and awe-inspiring old growth forest.”— Megan W
Family Friendly Moderate grades, a manageable length, and fantastic views of Sol Duc Falls make this hike a treat for families with children. Children may need their parent's help at the stream crossing.
The one obstacle you'll encounter is crossing Hidden Creek without a bridge. It is pretty easily stepped across unless there has been a large rain storm, in which case hiking poles or a stick may help with balance. It is sometimes impassable! Soon after, you'll cross Canyon Creek using its quaint, one-lane bridge. Take in the double falls of Canyon Creek. From here, the incline increases somewhat to the junction with the Deer Lake Trail.
Join Deer Lake Trail, and briefly head north to the thundering Sol Duc Falls. After a visit to the falls, start back to the west on the Sol Duc River Trail by crossing the bridge overlooking the falls. Approximately 0.1 miles before the parking lot, a sign marks the left turn to remain on the Sol Duc River Trail, which completes the loop through a paved campground to the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort (the starting point). Online, unlike the physical trail sign, this section is known as the Sol Duc Falls Nature Trail.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park