Last week, Olympic National Park announced that the road to the Sol Duc had been reopened - the first time in months due to storm damage. How exciting! Naturally, I took my first opportunity to visit the reopened Sol Duc park area and was treated to a spectacular display of a winter beauty!
The Sol Duc Hot Springs Road was in fairly normal condition until reaching the hot spring resort and campgrounds (both currently closed). The final two miles to the hiking trailhead parking lot were covered in about 1-2 inches of snow. By the time I departed in the afternoon, the road conditions had improved, mainly slush/bare roads. I would advise that a 4-wheel drive vehicle is considered when planning a trip to the Sol Duc during the winter season to hedge against the conditions.
Hiking to Sol Duc Falls
The 0.8 mile hike along the Sol Duc Falls trail was simply breathtaking. Snow flurries, freshly dusted trees, and the low-hovering clouds made it an awe-striking journey. With the exception of a few downed trees, the trail was in good condition and the falls were certainly in full force! Here are images from my hike! Be sure to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!