Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Campground is a hot springs oasis on the Olympic Peninsula. Located on the bank of Sol Duc River and surrounded by rainforest of Olympic National Park, hot springs emerge from a source at 128°F. The geothermal water is mixed with the river water to a temperature comfortable for soaking and swimming.
The hot springs were well-known by Native Americans for mineral water healing properties before the first pioneers arrived to the area. First settlers discovered the hot springs in the 1880s.
The first grand resort was open in 1912 but was completely destroyed by fire in 1916. In the 1920s resort was rebuilt and remained in operation until the 1970s. There were some problems with the thermal springs which were solved in the 1980s and the resort was open to the public again.
The resort has three mineral hot water and one freshwater pools. The small mineral wading pool is 6-8 feet deep with a temperature of 99°F (37°C). The medium mineral pool is 3 feet deep at 104°F (40°C). The large mineral fountain pool is 3 feet deep with a temperature of 101°F (38°C). The freshwater pool is between 50°F (10°C) and 85°F (30°C) depending on the season. The large mineral fountain and freshwater pools are wheelchair accessible.
The mineral water pools are on a flow-through system that means there are no chemicals used to treat the water. Besides, alkaline springs water discourages the growth of bacteria.
The resort offers suite and cabin accommodations. A convenience store, gift shop, restaurant, spa, and massage services are available. Seasonal Sol Duc Campground has 82 sites on a first-come, first-served basis. During summer it can be reserved through recreation.gov. The hot springs facility is closed in winter.
Sol Duc Hiking
A popular six-miles trail, Lover's Lane Loop is a round-trip hike accessible from the resort. Lover's Lane runs 2.8 miles together with Sol Duc Falls trail along the Sol Duc River.
A 2.6-mile one-way trail with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet to Mink Lake starts behind the resort near the Lover's Lane Loop.
Sol Duc Hot Springs | Facts
Location: 40 miles west of Port Angeles • Washington • USA
Development: Swimming pool, three mineral hot springs
Services: Gift shop, restaurant, espresso bar, massage
Accommodations: Lodging at the resort, cabins, RV and tent sites
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle
Managed: Olympic National Park
Day-use: For overnight guests only
Elevation: 1,600 ft (488 m)
From Port Angeles,
- Take Highway 101 and travel 27 miles west to Sol Duc Hot Springs Road
- Turn left onto Sol Duc Hot Springs Road and continue 12 miles to the destination.