Explore the headwaters of the Sol Duc River
Sol Duc Falls tours allow you to experience a beautiful old-growth Olympic National Park forest that includes the majestic Pacific Silver Fir and a profusion of huckleberries. The year-round wild & scenic Sol Duc Falls is located on one of the eleven major rivers that drain Olympic.
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Combine with the Hoh Rainforest
Only 1 hour (30 miles) out of the way roundtrip by vehicle if combining with a Hoh Rainforest elk and hiking tour
Sol Duc Falls is spectacular
During the winter, spring, and late fall, the mighty Sol Duc Waterfall runs high enough to create a fog of water droplets. However, even during summer low water flow, Sol Duc Falls is still a spectacular sight to view.
A Sol Duc Falls tours offers more than a waterfall
Salmon Cascades is also located on the Sol Duc River, and this is a great place to watch anadromous fish like Coho salmon jumping in order to continue their journey upriver. The hiking trails around the Sol Duc are as varied and interesting as found at Hurricane Ridge. However, the trees are the view, not the mountains.
Middle Elevation or Montane Pacific Silver Fir Forest
The middle elevation or montane forest is a worthy destination for lovers of old-growth forest. Large old-growth Sitka Spruce trees hug the Sol Duc River and Big-Leaf Maples are laden with moss. Sitka Spruce and Western Red Cedar gradually turn into Douglas Fir and Pacific Silver Fir as you climb away from the river.
Hike to the Sol Duc Falls year round
During summer, wet conditions near the Sol Duc River allow for a luxuriant production of up to five different species of huckleberry or Vaccinium. It is fun to sample the tart black, blue, and red berries with a knowledgeable naturalist guide. During the fall, mushrooms start to spring up everywhere as the maples turn color among the evergreens.
Scenic Sol Duc drive all the time
Almost the entire length of the Sol Duc road is in Olympic National Park. You quickly leave highway 101 in order to enjoy amazingly huge trees virtually hugging the twisty road adjacent to the Sol Duc River. In the middle of the day in 2016, tour participants watched in amazement as an adult bobcat ran across the road in front of the Experience Olympic vehicle. According to a field guide to place names of Olympic National Park, it is possible that Sol Duc is from a Quileute word meaning, “the people living at the place of the clear sparkling water.”