Deer Lake Trail is a 9.2 mile out and back trail located near Forks, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.
Directions from junction of Highway 101 and Sol Duc River Road: Drive southward on the Sol Duc River Road 14 miles to roads end and the Sol Duc Trailhead. Follow the Sol Duc River Trail almost one mile to a junction with the Deer Lake Trail. Cross the river and begin your ascent up the Canyon Creek drainage to Deer Lake.
The only question is, are your ankles ready. The climb is steady and ever manageable, with the occasional overlook, making it a pleasant hike to say the least. The views at the top are not out of this world lovely, but they are nothing to scoff at. However this whole trail is composed of slightly large rocks, making the descent almost painful for ankles and not sure footed descenders.
Great Hike. Trail in pretty good condition: water on trail but not deep; trees across trail but nothing that you can't get over, under or around; snow starting at about 2300' but not continuous until about 2500' and then yak-traks were great!
Just past Sol Duc Falls this trail is fun and wet as you trudge up a creek bed for most of the hike
Exceptional hike, steady climb, mostly shaded, rocky, worth the hike.
Steep climb & well named! After Sol Duc falls back track a little on the South side of the river then you will find the trail up. Steep trail with a lot of tricky footing. Many more lakes & camping past Deer Lake. Camping sites are all around the lake. Get reservation & permit.
Lots of elevation gain in a short span of time. Good workout trail but for how hard we worked to get to the top I would rather find a better lake to swim in.
Great trail, rocky path, 3 camp sites from canyon creek falls to deer lake, great camp sites. The 4.2 mile hike to Deer Lake is all up hill. The hike is worth it!