Sol Duc Falls Nature Trail to Appleton Pass Trail is a 23.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, Washington that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

23.8 miles
7,352 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




horseback riding

nature trips

trail running



hot springs


wild flowers


no dogs

From Port Angeles, west 30 miles on U.S. 101 to well-signed Sol Duc Hot Springs Road. Turn left and drive 14 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

6 months ago

We went up and crossed over the falls and returned via the road to the hot springs resort. There were very few other people out on a Friday—the weather was lovely and there were some great views. Be prepared to cross some shallow rapids—a little dicey but just enough to feel like it was a serious hike ;)

6 months ago

This trail name, tags and it’s reviews are misleading. There’s is no hot spring along it. Don’t waste your time if looking for a hot spring.

10 months ago

Beautiful old growth forest. Went off the beaten path along the river, what a magical experience.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Great trail. Beautiful waterfall.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

This was one of my first hike with family and small children. It was pretty easy hike. Toddler was able to run and play most of the way. Nice landing area to sit and watch the waterfall.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Going to the hot springs is something that everyone should do at least once in their lives. Soaking in a natural hot tub is a unique opportunity that not everyone has. However, the area has become very popular in the last 20 years. At this time, you have to pay a fee to take the trail. This helps to cut down on foot traffic as well as the amount of trash left behind.

Friday, August 07, 2015

There is a $20 fee to access the trail if you aren't staying at Sol Duc Resort. with so many other non-fee hiking opportunities throughout the National Park, we opted to skip this one.

Friday, August 09, 2013

I hiked this as a 3 day trip from the sol duc parking lot over the pass and down to the Olympic hot springs and back.
The trail to Appleton pass is relatively good condition with only 2 or 3 trees over the path and so worth the climb for the amazing views however the other side of the range Watson very poor condition with areas of the trail hard to find or follow. Pleasant hiking the whole way and fairly strenuous with a big load on my back but so worth the journey. I only say 1 other person the whole trail once I passed Appleton junction so very alone the whole time.
Very much enjoyed the hike but Olympic hot springs were a bit of a let down.

4 months ago

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