North Fork Sol Duc River Trail Olympic Wilderness

Olympic Ancient Forest
Olympic Rain Forest


  • Obtain your Wilderness Camping Permit at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles, year-round or by phone.
  • Numerous sections of this trail are difficult to follow in the last three miles and several river fords are necessary.
  • A river crossing is necessary one mile from the trailhead. River may be hazardous during fall, winter, and spring or during periods of heavy rain.


  • Ecosystem type: Old-growth forest, montane forest
  • Trail tread types: Primitive
  • General elevation trend: Mild
  • Unique features: River, ancient forest
  • Level of difficulty: Easy to difficult
  • Distance: 9.3 miles
  • Elevation change: 1600 feet to 2800 feet
  • Best Season: June through October, depending on the river level.

Special Concerns

  • Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
  • Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are prohibited above 3,500 feet. Where fires are allowed, leave no trace of your fire ring. Burn dead and down wood only.
  • Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage, and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are recommended in this area.


  • Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles or by phone.
  • Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are required where food cannot be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 feet out from the nearest tree trunk. If you are hanging food, make sure it is 12 feet off the ground and 10 feet out from the nearest tree trunk.
  • Campsites: Please camp on bare ground, not on vegetation.
  • Toilet Facilities: None. Bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
  • Water Source: Sol Duc River and nearby streams. Always boil, filter, or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent Giardia.
  • Stock: Allowed. Learn more about stock use.


  • A river crossing is necessary one mile from the trailhead and may be hazardous during fall, winter, spring, or periods of heavy rain.
  • Always carry the Ten Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and rain gear with warm clothes.
  • Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
  • Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
  • Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Whiteouts are sudden. Check the weather forecast before your trip.

Last updated: March 9, 2024

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