Sol Duc Hotsprings, WA


On October 16th, 2018, we visited the Sol Duc area. The name “Sol Duc” means “sparkling water”, a reference in all probability to the beautiful river which flows through the area. The Sol Duc (Soleduck) River, (pictured below) arises in the Olympic mountains, flows to the north and then to the west. The Sol Duc River is “cobbled”, having a very graveled bed. The river is known for the runs of spawning Coho-salmon and steelhead in the gravel of the river bed. The Sol Duc River flows through a canyon over a bank at the Sol Duc falls (pictured above).

USGS map of the Olympic Peninsula

My Wife, Becky and Mike Stevens (a friend) are posing on the bridge behind the falls in the picture below. Mist rises from the river and the falls over the banks covered with heavy vegetation. The Trail to the falls, passes through a beautiful ancient forest that started at the Sol Duc Resort and hotsprings.

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