Sol Duc River Valley: View photos of the Sol Duc Valley attractions - temperate rain forest, leaping salmon, and the trail to the bridge over Sol Duc Falls.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Road peels away from Highway 101 just west of Lake Crescent, and then wends its way for 15 miles through the Sol Duc Valley alongside the Sol Duc River. This is an area filled with tall evergreens, rich green moss, and vine maple trees, which flame out in spectacular fashion every autumn.
This stretch of the Sol Duc is within the Olympic National Park. We highly recommend a visit to this valley. Check the photos, and let us know what you think!
Salmon Cascades along the Sol Duc River
The Sol Duc, previously named Soleduck, is a mis-pronounced
Quilleute Indian name meaning "sparkling waters." This beautiful river originates high in the
Olympic Mountains, winding and tumbling its way northwest, passing by the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort before turning westward.
Miles later it empties into the very large Quillayute River. By the time the Quillayute empties into the Pacific through the Quilleute village of La Push, the waters of the Sol Duc will have traveled seventy-eight serpentine miles.
The Sol Duc River itself comprises 2 main tributaries - the North Fork
and the South Fork. It is the largest of four tributary rivers, draining 219
square miles of the 629 square mile watershed, the largest of the northern Olympic