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A sweet little trail to a lovely waterfall. We walked this Sept 28th and it was not too crowded.

Steep but well-maintained trail. Well worth the effort. Quite impressive.

hiking
26 days ago

Short uphill hike, scenic views with some great trails nearby!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail the day after Mt Ellinor and greatly preferred the length and trail conditions. If you like long hikes with gentle grades, combined with doable ascents this is a highly recommended hike. The views at Flapjack Lakes did not disappoint, but it made us wonder if we should have left earlier and tried Gladys Pass. Total length is 15 miles, which we completed in a fairly casual 6.5 hours.

on Deer Lake Trail

1 month ago

Walk through the forest mostly on uphill run-off type path. Lake destination is okay; ate lunch sitting on the bridge right by the lake. Not spectacular views. Gain elevation so a bit of a work out. Nice warm-up hike for Mt Storm King the next day.

Pretty good hike! Has some nice river views and the elevation gain was enough to break a sweat. The loop goes up first if you go clockwise from the campground. Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists

hiking
1 month ago

Soo duc falls is beautiful! Once past the falls the crowd clears out. Deer lake hike is pretty w lots of up elevation gain. The lake is quiet and there is a nice place to have lunch. There is a privy up top too... very dark in there!
Would do this again!

Did this trail in the pouring rain but was still absolutely beautiful!!

Nice hike to Sol Duc Falls and then through the forest to the lake. Trail is a bit rocky but not too strenuous. There a are 3 relatively secluded campsites along Canyon Creek on your way up. Pretty crowed at the lake itself.

Very pretty and super quiet. Almost had trail to ourselves. This was a last min decision and glad we found it. Pretty and quiet. Huge old growth trees.

Nice hike with easy access to many beautiful & refreshing swimming holes close to the trailhead very convenient for summer hikes with little ones.

backpacking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! The trailhead is crowded - lots of trails start here. And the first half mile of the trail was a bit busy, but after that we were mostly alone. Yea, it gets steep, but really nothing crazy. Beautiful campground, with sites pretty spread out. A great swim with great views! One annoyance: there is some water flowing between the two lakes - but it was far from our campsite. So drinking water wasn’t as close as we’d like.
Get out there! Enjoy!!

hiking
1 month ago

In early August, this trail was dry and easy to follow for 3/4 of the hike, but the final quarter to the waterfall was a bit more challenging as the incline was quite steep. There are lots of uneven stairs to aid. My 65-year-old dad, who has bad knees, completed the hike with the aid of a hiking stick.
The waterfall was beautiful, but I’m sure would be incredible in the spring. The hike starts and ends at the beautiful, clear Lake Crescent. It was gorgeous.
I took away one star due to the crowds on the trail.

Was a nice hike, my family and I discussed that most of it felt easy with the exception of the one hill. It was picturesque but nothing extraordinary. I wouldn’t call this a destination hike but if you are in the area it certainly won’t disappoint you!

This hike is not hard. Perhaps negotiating the downed tree would cause some to pause. I love this hike for its simplicity, quick venture and ease of access. The river is divine to listen to as you stroll along. Perfect for kids as it has variety to keep them entertained. I love that it’s not crowded. Only saw two families today on the way back to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

I'd rate this as easy not moderate. .

Beautiful, serene stroll through the trees. Didn’t come across anyone until I was nearly finished. Trail was flat but then had some variation and rooty in the 2nd mile, and a couple of hilly parts to get the legs burning just a little.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. The last few miles up to the lake are pretty steep but worth the views.

Did this trail as a day hike in July - it was doable, but I’m sure it would be more enjoyable as a backpacking trip. Be prepared for sore feet if you do it in a day. After you get to the lake, make sure you take the side trip past the “ranger station” (aka wooden platform) to Royal Basin Falls. We also went to the large meadow above the lake, but did not go all the way to the Upper Basin. Beautiful hike and worth the pain :)

Beautiful. The lake is gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

A super trail loop, easy to make it. I only recommend.

walking
1 month ago

2star for waterfall,1star plus for a beautiful forest and the path around the waterfall and by the lake.

easy...good warm up for bigger hikes..lots of people though. Nice little waterfall.

Beautiful! Easy.

hiking
1 month ago

A pretty, easy trail that goes through lush forests full of moss and passes a few pretty minor falls before the main falls. Lots of berries grow on the sides of the trail. Saw a few birds and squirrels. Almost no one on the trail in the morning, but like a lot of the park it gets crowded in the afternoon. Few people seem to do the full loop, but saw lots of people at the falls who probably took the shorter hike from the Sol Duc Falls trailhead. Overall, a nice easy hike.

We made it in one day.It was quite difficult and I must say that the difficulty doesnt worth it. As one lady said It is good workout. The way is full of stones and the last past is quite steep. At the end of trail are 2 lakes (nothing special). Maybe if you plan to continue to the divide it would be nice because of view. But today was smoky because of fires. A hiker from Czech rep.

walking
1 month ago

Nice waterfall but I have seen better.The road to the beginning of the trail is bad.A hiker from Czech rep.

Nice walk.we also took a left side and it was still up to the hill,but the way is very good maintained.you go along the creek.we think that way from other side would be little bit easier. Hiker from Czech republic.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Parking is limited, so arrive early. The trail is wide and well maintained to Sol Duc. Moderate to heavy traffic. Spectacular waterfall views. The trail beyond was a steady incline with intermittent views as you climb. We encountered a fair number of backpackers doing the Seven Basins Loop-it was perfect weather for it! Some loose rocks on the trail, so mind your step. We reached Deer Lake which was surreal and stopped for lunch. It's worthwhile to walk around the lake. The trail becomes a "primitive path" in parts but is still easy to navigate and well worth it. The climb back down to Sol Duc was quick.

hiking
2 months ago

We parked at the Sol Duc Hot Springs parking was free. The path is very clear and about 90% flat. The parts that are a bit steep go up smoothly so you don't even feel it. You see everything from ferns, blueberries, wildflowers, the most amazing Bridges, all to end up in this beautiful three-way cascading waterfall. It was about an hour and a half hike. I can tell you you don't really feel it you've got a lot to look at. As far as animals go we saw Birds, some squirrels and even a black bear. Would a 100% recommend this hike to anyone.

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