Deer Lake Trail

MODERATE 36 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.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,935 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

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.

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27 days ago

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.

2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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!

3 months ago

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
3 months 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.

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4 months ago

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

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5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Very few animals, but a really nice trail!!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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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