Sol Duc Falls is one of the wonders of Olympic National Park. The .8 mile hike has some easy ups and downs and leads from the trailhead through a lush rain forest to the falls. Top elevation is 2,000 feet. There are streams to cross, little waterfalls to explore, and great trees to marvel at. The rain forest is another world, and the valley topography is hidden. You can hear the falls as you approach them. In the spring and early summer, they are at their strongest, but the Sol Duc is always powerful here. It is quite different from the river one sees as one heads west on route 101. The best viewing is from the bridge, which is usually wet with spray from the falls. You can feel the thunder here. There are other viewpoints on both sides of the river, and there are many trails you can take from here.
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