Sol Duc River Washington Fishing, Camping, Rafting

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Sol Duc River

Home to a large stock of winter steelhead trout, the Sol Duc River flows west from the majestic Olympic Mountains, stretching for 78 miles and providing visitors with plenty of opportunity for land- and water-based fun.

  • Small but mighty. 
  • Provides the best whitewater in the region. 
  • Good trout and salmon fishing, breathtaking hikes, and pretty places to camp. 
  • Just an hour’s drive from downtown Port Angeles.

What can I see and do at Sol Duc River?

There are several options for hiking around the Sol Duc River, including trails that are easy and ones that are classified moderate. All provide great scenery as you go. 

  • North Fork of the Sol Duc Trail - The 9-mile North Fork of the Sol Duc Trail is accessible from Sol Duc Hot Springs Road (at 8.2 miles) and is a moderate hike that is quite simple until you get to the first ford at 6.3 miles. The last several miles are rougher, descending into a mossy canyon until you reach the North Fork Shelter. 
  • Lover’s Lane Trail - A 6-mile loop that follows the river past several small pools and eventually lands at the Sol Duc Falls. It is certainly suitable for hikers of all levels and is a pleasant trek throughout most of the year. 
  • High Divide Loop - For avid hikers, the High Divide Loop is the pièce de résistance. It’s a 20-mile loop that takes you to alpine meadows and beautiful Seven Lakes Basin, passing waterfalls and providing views of snowy Mt. Olympus. It can be done on a long day hike or stretched over several days. Look for the trail at the 13-mile mark on Sol Duc Road.

Sol Duc River fishing is excellent year around, whether you’re fly fishing or drift fishing. Expect to catch native steelhead in the winter and sizeable King salmon in the spring and summer, which can be as big as 50 pounds.

A local outfitter offers rafting and/or kayaking trips on the Sol Duc River Washington. The Sol Duc is considered a Class III river, the best whitewater on the Olympic Peninsula. It is run-able in winter and spring when the water level is high.

If you’re in an RV, check out the RV campground at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. In addition, the National Park Service Sol Duc Campground has 82 sites along the river and is open all year long. It’s nestled in old growth forest and is quite lovely.

Where is Sol Duc River?

To get to the Sol Duc Valley, the river, and all that it has to offer, take U.S. Highway 101 to Sol Duc Road. Follow the road to various markings for trails, campgrounds, and the hot springs.