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Deer Lake Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, 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.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,935 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

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.

hiking
3 days ago

If you are fairly fit, this should be a decent hike. For people like myself (someone who gets easily winded) I recommend it as a challenge. It is a somewhat steep incline. Compared to other trails in the area, it's not too bad. If you want to enjoy some solitude, this is a nice hike to go on.

1 month ago

Good trail to do if you feel like going further than Sol Duc Falls. Thursday there was still snow covering the trail and connecting trails along the southern half of the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

A good, gradual climb with a lovely lake to top it off. The trail is a bit rocky, which slows you down. I'm also pretty sure it's 8 miles.

Added this on after Sol Duc Falls. Solid elevation gain throughout. Really rocky trail. A few side waterfalls to check out. Deer Lake was beautiful and still had some snow around it. Not a ton of spots to get down to the lake but we found a rock and had lunch on it. Only saw about 10 other people our entire time out and back. A few campsites along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful to have the trail open again! Beautiful scenery. Still quite a lot of snow once you reach and pass the lake.

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7 months ago

What a magical place! The trail is beautiful and well maintained. We did this hike on 11/10/19 with our 10yr old. She did fine with some complaining and lots if water/photo breaks. The trail is rocky, some areas are muddy and in few sections, we ran into small streams. Very rocky. Good hiking shoes and poles are helpful. Overall, we enjoyed this hike.

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8 months ago

Did last month with my wife. Fairly strenuous as trail goes steadily up in elevation. Plus it is muddy in places. Trail is very rocky,too. At some points it was like hiking in a small stream due to all the water running downhill. Deer Lake is okay but I’ve seen prettier mountain lakes.

hiking
9 months ago

Really fun trail leading to a beautiful lake with campsites and (when in season) tons of giant, delicious huckleberries and blueberries and salmon berries all around. On the way up you’ll find interesting mushrooms of all kinds and little mini fern drip waterfalls. The lake was swarming with jumping fish in August. I sat on a rock and snacked on blueberries and watched the fish for like an hour. Didn’t want to leave. Would love to camp here next year.

hiking
10 months ago

A good workout and pleasant hike. Trail is shaded and goes over exposed bedrock (granite or granite-like) most of the way, but there's no scree and we found footing to be ok. Trekking poles were helpful. We started around 11 am and the trail was quite popular. The trail is in very good shape. Bridges are solid, in many places there are rock steps and stone-lined water bars. Kudos to the trail maintenance crew!! We encountered a mature bear in an area of high bush blueberries, about 1 mile past the falls. Bear bells worked well as we were focused on the climb and pretty quiet at the time. After a few minutes of making noise it moved away from the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Too rocky. Not enjoyable. But beautiful forest (if you stop and look; you are mainly looking down at the rocky trail) and part of High Divide/Seven Lakes Basin Loop so you must hike it to get to High Divide/Seven Lakes Basin.. Use trekking poles and hiking boots for maximum ankle support over the rocks. Deer Lake itself is pretty.

hiking
10 months ago

beautiful hike. very rocky, but worth it

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11 months ago

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Sun Jun 09 2019

The hike itself was beautiful, but the lake itself was chilly and cloudy. Watch out because it gets wet and slippery

hiking
snow
Mon Apr 15 2019

Snow! Lots of snow starting at the 2800' level. Then at the lake it was hard to get around. Another hiker made it halfway up to the Divide but turned around because the snow was chest high. Great views and a lot of fun trying not to get hit from the snow falling from the trees as the day warmed up. There was a lot of water and slush on the trail. Wear waterproof boots and socks!

hiking
Sun Nov 18 2018

Well maintained trail, enjoyable, beautiful hike. Great Lake to stop and eat lunch, and watch deer and otters. It is a steep grade, little to no level areas, so it makes for a nice work out to get the blood pumping.

Wed Sep 19 2018

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.

hiking
Mon Sep 17 2018

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!

Sat Sep 15 2018

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.

hiking
Mon Aug 20 2018

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
Fri Jul 27 2018

Being from the Arizona desert, this was amazing. Great weather, steady incline, and a beautiful endpoint.

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Thu Jul 05 2018

Steady, continuous and moderately rocky climb that was rewarded by waterfalls along the way and a pretty lake view. We hiked on July 4th and encountered very few people. The mosquitoes made it difficult to eat lunch by nearby Fawn Lake, so we sat on the little bridge with a view of Deer Lake that had a little breeze. If we came back to backpack we would choose the campsites we passed on the way rather than lakeside because the mosquitoes were such a nuisance. A fellow hiker spotted a bear across the lake at the small meadow, but our furry friend did not appear again. We wanted to hike the High Divide/Seven Lakes Basin, but apparently there was snow a couple of miles past this point and we didn’t risk it. Would love to return.

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Fri Jun 01 2018

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

hiking
Sat May 05 2018

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.

Sat Jun 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.

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Sun Jun 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!

hiking
Sat Jun 03 2017

Very few animals, but a really nice trail!!

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