Still working on recapping my trip to Olympic National Park. The second day we were there, we drove back towards the coast to see the Sol Duc Falls. We stayed in Port Angeles and had driven the farthest out the day before to go to the Hoh Rain Forest. It was about an hour drive from the hotel back out to the falls. We got to drive by Crescent Lake again, which is so pretty that we didn’t mind at all.
The falls are in the Sol Duc Valley, which also has hot springs. The trailhead to the falls starts a little down the road from the resort and hot springs. From there, it’s a little less than a mile to the falls. The path is well maintained and easy to navigate. My kids could have done this without a problem. We crossed mountain runoffs a couple times, which might by small, but are still pretty in their own right. Once you get to the falls, there is a bridge that crosses over and a little viewing area past that. The falls themselves are actually four waterfalls that cut between rocks to join again at the bottom.
You can then easily turn back or keep going. The entire trail is 7.2 miles long. It loops around to take you back to the resort. We continued on and took the Lover’s Lane path. I’m not really sure how far we went before we turned around, but we did cross a river again. This path wasn’t as well marked and it was only wide enough for one person. It was the good kind of hike though. It’s quiet and the forest around you is so lush and green. The western forests of this park are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.