We did this hike July of 2015, it has to be one of my Top 10 For Families! The walk to the falls is short great for young children. You can continue on the Lovers Lane trail to make it a longer hike for older children. The trail is full of giant trees, bridges, waterfalls and FUN!!
The Sol Duc valley is very easy to find, right off the 101 follow the signs you have to pay a National Park entrance fee. We bought a pass good for all National Parks one year for $80.00. Follow the road it literately ends in the parking lot for the Sol Duc Falls. During the summer the parking lot is busy,when we first came in it looked full but as we made our way around a spot opened up. Even if it looks full don't worry!Along the road you'll see many beautiful spots to stop and enjoy the view! Easy to find are the Sol Duck Hot Springs Resort and Sol Duck Camping
Bathrooms are good. As you enter the park I saw one Vault toilet at the second turnout. In the parking lot for The Falls are two more vault toilets. We did the full loop at the halfway point you are at the Hot Springs and they have bathrooms in the lodge that are nice and clean, however, busy. We ended up using the bathrooms in the campground on the loop back. They were very nice and clean.Along the path you'll see three. Overall bathrooms are not a problem!
I love this hike for families! The trail to the Falls is wide, paved and perfect for young children. On our way up I saw some young boys sitting in a giant tree stump planing their lookout point! There are a few bridges and the Falls themselves are steep keep a hand of the young ones. As always at the falls there were some who climb the rocks and basically turn on my worry button.Teach your children it's not Disneyland you can slip and fall. Respect the forest by staying on the trail! There is plenty of space to view the falls from many angles!
We did the full loop honestly this is for older children. I say this because it's 6 miles total and the path is natural with areas of steep cliffs. That being said it was mostly flat with only a few climbs. The best part it felt like we were the only ones, only pasted one other lady. My family said it felt like Jurassic Park,we found our self's running from "Raptors" through a tall fern meadow! Evey time I think I have seen my favorite spot in the Olympic Forest I find a new one. Until the next hike this is my favorite!
Let me start by saying today's adventure is for families with older children. We had a great time and ran out of time so we were unable to complete it, looks like we'll be going back!
Be warned the road going to the trail head is part of the adventure! It starts paved then moves into a gravel one lane road, it took us longer than we had planned to navigate the road in. There were signs leading you to the trails (there are three) that were very easy to find and follow. We started the day with a plan to do the Lower Quilcene Trail but do to time chose the Tunnel Trail. Part of why I say this is for older children is the isolation, no bathroom, few turnouts and it takes time. For older children it's part of the fun, you really get the feeling like your all alone! No parking pass required and there is plenty of parking.
There are NO Bathrooms! It's best to stop in the town of Quilcene. There is a Ranger Station right off the 101 as you are leaving town, it's a good place to stop use bathrooms and get maps. There are many trails to do in this area!
This trail is well marked it is a bit of a climb, the posted sign read 20% incline. No problem for my husband and children, for me it was slow going. As with every hike you go as far as you can and you can always turn around. This walk was fun and a little spooky, I have a thing for Bigfoot,always looking for him, in this forest I felt like he was watching me! All in all a great hike but I need to give it more time next time we try this!
This was such a fun trail, we did this on the fourth of July so needless to say it was a bit crowded. That being said we had the best time,every person we passed on the trail said hi with a smile. So I name this the friendliest trail we have been on yet! The road to get here is narrow don't be scared away it's worth it!! Most of the hikers were swimming at the spot known to locals as Devils Punchbowl. A place where a bridge crosses over on the day we visited there were people jumping off the bridge and tall cliffs, I would not recommend the tall cliff jumps I could not watch they were making the mom in me scared! The water is the bluest I have seen in Washington! It was a very hot day and we were looking forward to a swim in the lake, walking farther down the trail we found the perfect spot off the trail to swim and have fun. All along the way you could see other groups doing the same. However you still felt private! Do to the time we were not able to do the entire trail. As with all trails they are as long and as hard as you want them to be! The only downer to this day was the bugs and a bee sting, although we carry a small first aid kit I had only plastic tweezers , note to self I will now add metal tweezers to the pack. Everyone had a great time and we are sure to go back and finish the trail!
Easy to find Approaching from Port Angeles take the 101 for 17 miles to the Olympic National Park boundary, you will not need to pay any fees. take E Beach road, this is a narrow road but there is room for two cars. Turn right onto East Beach Road, which will be signed for the East Beach of the Log Cabin Resort. Follow road for a little more than three miles and turn left onto Boundary Creek Road, signed for the Spruce Railroad Trail. Follow Boundary Creek Road for just under a mile to the eastern trailhead. Amazingly we did not get lost and found it right away!
Yes they have one bathroom at the trailhead! At the time of our visit it was nice and clean for a composting toilet!
The trail was well marked and for the most part easy. I only had trouble on the way back with the slight inclines and tired legs from swimming! There were hikers of all ages and abilities as well as mountain bikers!
Today we started out on an unknown adventure. We wanted to check out a sign that we had driven past before, turns out it was no so special. We found our self's in Brinnon looking for a locals hike called Rocky Brook Falls. When you put this into map quest it takes you way out of the way. Although it was beautiful it was to me a scary logging road. We then went back to town to "Try again". Three times we did this in the process we checked out the Seal Rock Campground and Dosewallips campground.
The direction from the title link are the best, really it's so easy you pass it. Coming into Brinnon take Dosewallips River Road about 3miles up. Cross a small bridge there is parking on the side of the road. The path starts across the street next to a electric station follow along the side and then it becomes clear. The path itself is easy and not long to get to the falls.The day we did it there were many families enjoying a quick swim!
There are no bathrooms!!! However before you go up Dosewallips Rd on the 101 is the Dosewallips campground on the right and park on the left. The park has nice clean, large bathrooms, so we went before and then after there is not much else.
A great family day trip not to long, fun playing and exploring. Be sure to have life vest for the little ones! Have Fun!!
Another perfect family day! We had three generations with us and everyone had a great time.
Hurricane Ridge was very easy to find, follow 101 into Port Angeles follow signs for Olympic National Park visitor center. At the bottom is the first of two visitor centers, with good bathrooms. It's about a 30 minute drive to the top so it's a great first stop for bathrooms or in the winter time road conditions. This hike will require you you go through the park entrance $20 per car or $7 per person. Just past the entrance you'll find the Heart o' The Hills Campground. Beautiful clean campground close to the start of many trail heads. The road up is well maintained. However, if your afraid of heights you may want someone else to drive. Along the way there are many vista views!! At the top you arrive at a large level parking lot and the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Great place to buy your walking stick tab, stickers or whatever you collect! They do have a small diner I recommend packing a lunch. Behind the visitor center you'll find benches and picnic tables with views. Really, I saw many families eating in the parking lot it's all beautiful!
The Bathroom in both visitor centers are great!!
The hike is perfect for all ages. Right out of the parking lot the path is paved and perfect for small children. While we were there three deer were grazing, as long as your quite they come real close! For older children you can follow the hike off the paved trail to see great vista views. You will find benches along the way if you need a break. In our case grandma sat on a bench able to watch us climb to the top lookout! You can make this as hard or easy as you want. These photos were taken in June 2015. The last time we visited in June 2010 there was still snow on the trail! We have been here three times before and it still holds the same magical feeling as the first time! In the winter this is a great place to snowshoe. When our kids were littler they loved to just play!
This past Saturday we traveled to Falls View Trail located just outside the town of Quilcene, Washington. The sign from the road was easy to spot, however, once inside the parking was small. We we arrived there was no parking so we drove down the road to Mt. Walker and drove the road to the top. When we came back there was parking. There are (2) bathrooms they are Vault Toilets. Runs on solar, no sink or water. Bring hand sanitizer or baby wipes it was empty when I visited. Located just across from the trailhead.
The walk down was full of beauty! Next time we will camp in the Falls View Campground that way you can spend a full day exploring the river and another day to walk the Mt.Walker trail that is just up the road. The Falls view trail is a good for children, my mind was thinking of all the things you could do with little ones.
Our whole family loved this trail!There is a short trail to view the falls and then you can take the longer walk down to the river.
This past June we did this trail again with visiting family. The parking was great we went during the week. This time we did the entire loop, it was beautiful but may be to long for small children. When you first come down to the river there is a beautiful water hole.
Cross over the small wood bridge to start the longer loop. As you get to the point where the trail loops back there is a way to get down to the river for another larger water hole, this is a great spot to rest,reflect, eat lunch. We spent a long time here.
The loop back starts a bit uphill, for small children you can go back the way you came for less climbing. We had a beautiful visit with family everyone had fun.
Mt. Walker, Driving
A few months ago we walked the Mt. Walker trail. To be honest this was a hard one for me! I think I had three melt downs of "I can't do this" and a slight mummy walk, my daughter waited patiently for me and after 2 hours for a two mile hike I came out to the top and it was worth it!Great for older kids take the road up to the top for younger kids is my best advice!
I will post photos from our Mt. Walker hike up soon!