Sol Duc entrance to the Olympic National Park not only boasts one of
the most beautiful rivers and waterfalls in Washington, it also has
great cultural significance. Sol Duc Lodge and Hot Springs was once
one of Western Washingtons hot spots, where people from Seattle to Aberdeen
to La Push would come to dance the night away. After the lodge was rebuilt
due to fire, the attention was brought back to the natural draw, the
mineral rich hot springs. Cabins are also available along with a restaurant,
cafe, gift shop and convenience store. While summer days fill the pools,
cabins and parking lots, the crowds can be avoided by visiting the pools
in the morning (before noon) or in the off season (April, May, Sept).
Because of elevation differences a hike to the Alpine Regions of the
park is less strenuous from the Sol Duc than other park entrances, and
returning to the mineral pools is a great reward at the end of the day.