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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.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 1,935 ft Route type Out & Back

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

No dogs

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Getting There

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

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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Christy Kuna
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HikingFeeRocky

Hikes July 25, 2020. Pretty sure this is at least 8 miles RT from the falls and not 6. It’s a rocky trail and at times can be a challenge. The incline doesn’t really let up that much. If your fit- no worries! The falls, beautiful lake and fun bridges are totally worth it! We spotted cougar markings and scat as well as fresh nail drags on a tree! We also followed a beautiful doe for about 5 minutes- she lead us up the single track and disappeared into the brush! Next time we hope to go earlier to spend some time around Deer Lake.

Ramon Fernandez-Garcia
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HikingBugsFeeRocky

Really beautiful trail on the way to the lake, you get to see many waterfalls on the way! The trailhead states that the whole hike is actually 4 miles one way, so 8 miles total. So for not so athletic people, this trail will be a great all-day trail. Overall, incredible journey to the lake, beautiful sights and a solid challenge.

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Christina Rico
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HikingGreat!

We started along the trail to Sul Doc Falls, headed to deer lake, then up the little divide trail, over to Mink Lake, and then took lover's lane trail back to the parking lot. It made for about 20 miles of hiking in one day, but it was the ultimate adventure. @hikersledge on instagram for pictures! Deer lake is stunning and it got super cold when we were there. Once we got up on the ridge, the temperatures improved and we had a misty hike all the way to Mink. I highly recommend this loop if you are up for an adventure! We spotted a black bear along the little divide trail - that was super neat!

Justin Luthey
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Hiking

Took us 4 hours but we farted around a bit at the falls and lake. Little rocky but moderate. Had two big bridges to keep you interested in the way to the lake. Saw frogs and slugs only.

Barbara Rowlette
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HikingFee

It should be clear to everyone that you will need a national park pass to enter the park. The day pass is $30, but we opted for the annual, single park pass for Olympic National park for $55. The drive is easily accessible without the need for a high clearance vehicle. We hiked to Deer Lake and beyond that up the 7 Lakes Basin Trail. The hike was a moderate grade with some parts a bit more steep than others, and should be attempted by fit folks who are comfy able with stepping over boulders and tree roots while climbing up and down a moderate incline/decline. Hiking to the waterfalls was more heavily trafficked, but beyond that the trail had few visitors and was a great workout. The lush foliage along the trail and stunning waterfalls make this picturesque trail one of my favorites. Once up at Deer Lake, one can camp at one of the several campsites and there is a rustic outhouse/bathroom. You can head around the back of the lake to the right beyond the outhouse and over a footbridge to continue in up the trail to the ridge. There are lovely views along the way, but I cannot speak to the view along the ridge as we did not go that far. We hiked a total of 11 miles and got a good workout.

Abby Winters
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Hiking

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.

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James Osborn
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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.

Vishva N.
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Hiking

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.

Lindsay Osborn
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HikingRocky

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.

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Amber Yamamura
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Hiking

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

Doris Manglicmot
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MuddyRocky

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.

Gary Myers
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HikingMuddyRocky

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.

Jenny P.
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Hiking

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.

Kevin M.
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Hiking

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.

Richard Clarke
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Hiking

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.

Maria Odushkin
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Hiking

beautiful hike. very rocky, but worth it

Hester Wesselmann
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HikingRocky
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Ethan Meyers
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

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

Dennis Wheeler
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HikingSnow

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!

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Justin Farmer
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Hiking

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.

Charlotte A.
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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.

Mary Grider
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Hiking

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!

Nancy Boyd
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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.

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