Deer Lake Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Deer Lake Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Piedmont, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

6.3 miles
1935 feet
Out & Back




nature trips







wild flowers

no dogs

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.

22 days ago

Hike on May 30th. Was able to make it to Deer Lake, but lots of snow past that and had to turn around.

1 month ago

Hiked on May 4, 2018. Fun, moderate trail! Snow starts about three-quarters of the way up in patches and it’s basically a snowy wonderland by the time you reach the lake. Make sure you bring warm layers! The snow is easy enough to get through as long as you have decent hiking boots and an extra pair of socks. The third Canyon Creek Camping Site is still snowed in.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Did this trail last weekend, it was a great hike still a little snow at the top of the trail near the lake but it is easily manageable.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Still some snow up there, but the last part of the trail to the lake is easily walkable without gear.
overall, a good hike!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Very few animals, but a really nice trail!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

moderate difficulty and elevation gain. highly trafficked. there are several campsites on the way to Deer Lake. currently still covered in several feet of snow. view is worth the hike. However be wary of the melting snow as it's possible to fall through. if you intend on camping by the lake prepare for cold conditions as the temperature drop is quite significant up there. also for those willing to do the polar bear plunge the water is freezing cold but quite refreshing afterwards.

Monday, July 25, 2016

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.

Friday, March 04, 2016

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!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Just past Sol Duc Falls this trail is fun and wet as you trudge up a creek bed for most of the hike

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Exceptional hike, steady climb, mostly shaded, rocky, worth the hike.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

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.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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!

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