Sol Duc Falls & Beyond Hike

Hike Distance: 5.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 873 feet

I had wanted to visit the Hoh Trail today but didn’t realize just how far it was from Sequim.  A better location to reach the west side of the Olympic Mts. would be from Forks, so we will wait for another vacation to visit the Hoh area.

Although the Sol Duc area is fantastic, we had been concerned about the snow since this was a particularly wet and cold winter.  This area is also quite crowded, due to accessibility, and can be a zoo during the vacation season.  There were many people hiking to Sol Duc Falls but we were fortunate in that there were fewer hikers and their primary destination was the falls.  The Sol Duc River and Falls were spectacular with heavy water flow.  I could have stood on the bridge overlooking the falls for hours, but we wanted to get away from the other people that were headed this way.

My wife was also ecstatic when she saw her coworker Katie Cook & Family standing on the bridge above the falls.  We had a very nice time talking with them! 🙂

After visiting the falls we took the Deer Lake Trail, but were stopped by snow.  Unfortunately, we were not prepared with micro-spikes to walk on the white stuff.  There were no other hikers on the Deer Lake Trail.  We then turned around and headed out on the Seven Lakes Basin Trail, but were again stopped by snow.  Again, no people on this trail.

Although this was a short hike for us, it was a fantastic hike with so many positive experiences. 🙂

Ancient Groves Trail Hike

Hike Distance: 0.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 114 feet

It was a last minute decision to stop and hike this short trail that was just off the Sol Duc road.  We’re so glad we decided to stop as it is packed with an amazing amount of scenery for its short length!

After a short walk along a portion of the trail that follows the road, you drop into this old growth forest and wind around over a wood walkway.  After walking over the walkway the trail skirts around and breaks out into a view of the Sol Duc river.  Please note that we don’t recommend this short section of the trail for kids as there is some minimal exposure that could be a safety issue.  Also, the section just past this first walkway has erosion under the trail, and I expect that it will eventually collapse in this wet environment.  After passing by this river view you go back into the old growth forest and pass by some beautiful ponds, and we loved this area.  There is then another wood walkway that you’ll cross before heading back toward the TH.  This trail is amazing for its diverse scenery in a short trail!