DISTANCE
28.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
7,946 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

1 month ago

I hiked to Eagle Lakes from the Sol Duc Valley this weekend. It was wet, but the trail was in great shape. People have been telling me terrible things about this trail for the past 15 years, but I loved it. The first 2 miles is overgrown with nettle and blackberry. Make sure you are wearing rain pants and gaiters. The trail does most of it's ascending in the first 2.5 miles. Strange forest ecosystem up there. Tons of mushrooms. We thought we would have the lake alone, but alas we did not. We learned that there is a small second campsite on the low ridge between the lakes. The main campsite was wonderful. It had a creek, view and a helpful canopy. A mountain beaver burrowed all around it.