We stayed here while exploring Olympic National Park and really enjoyed it! We stayed in loop A site 10. The site was beautiful, under the trees and overlooking the water. We fit two tents at the site comfortably. Nobody occupied the adjacent two sites, but the were a little close together. There was a nice picnic table and fire ring. We were very close to the restrooms, which were clean. They did not have showers, but we were able to shower free at the Sol Duc resort about 5 minutes away. It is $15 if you want access to the hot springs and showers, but since we only wanted a shower, they didn't charge us. The Sol Duc Falls trailhead was about 5 minutes from the campground. Definitely worth seeing.
We camped here 3 nights (April 14-16) with a group of 7 people, 4 tents on the site total. We stayed in loop A because the rest of the campground was closed on site 9 the first night, then moved to site 10 because someone else had the site reserved after us. We brought a huge tarp to hang over the picnic table and the fire because it rained on an off the whole time while we were there. Both sites are pretty much right on the river surrounded by huge Sitka Spruce so it gave us some amazing sites. The bathrooms and potable water are very nearby, but not an annoyance at all. The campground host Bill was awesome and very accommodating with questions or requests we had. He even offered to allow us to camp in loop B if we wanted. We opted not to because we didn't want to tear down our camp again, but loop B, we talked through and if you don't need to be by the river, it's an awesome loop surrounded by huge old trees. There's a hiking trail all the way from the campground to the waterfalls and I highly recommend doing it, great views in the forest and along the river. If you need anything general food wise, the hot springs resort has a little shop as well as a restaurant if you don't feel like making food at your site. We were even able to use the showers at the resort in the locker rooms (locker room style showers, not private).
Had a great trip. Quiet. Very clean bathrooms.
We stayed in campground B where there were plenty of spots, most of them flat with huge areas and great picnic tables and fire pits. Flush toilets and hand dryers were amazing on the cold night. Short walk to the resort hot springs and 3 miles up to the falls. Great spot.
Campsite Review: This campground in the Sol Duc Valley is composed of several different loops and setups for every type of adventurer. In addition to the lodge with a general store and restaurants, there is an RV only parking lot which seemed a little different as it’s just a parking lot with hookups and a table at the end of each space. There was no separation whatsoever between them. However, the loops are more set into the fairytale-like forest and you feel much more like you’re actually in the rain forest. The campsites themselves seemed to all be kind of small, and a little close together but with nice flat areas, tables, fire ring, and lots and lots of underbrush you can’t really see your neighbors. We stayed at site 38 in loop A which had a nice tent spot set out under the trees along with a decent table and fire ring set back from what is basically a parking lot that was open to the road. When getting your site be careful about the exact size allotment if you’re in a larger vehicle, because these sizes didn’t seem correct. This site is listed as being a 35’ back-in, but it really is just a shared parking lot between this and the site next to it (37) across from the central restrooms. While the site might say it’ll fit your vehicle, the roads are narrow and there are a good number of trees and branches around which may impede your maneuvering if you’re in something large. Because our site and the one next to it have “spaces” for 2 vehicles each, we did have a few people whom would pull up park in the “lot” and then explore around the campground and loop at the board for available spaces which was a little annoying, but at least they aren’t walking through our site.
The toilet facilities in Loop A were clean, but could have used a good once over. They seemed to have been maintained, just not super regularly and thankfully no guests had come in and destroyed them. There was hand soap but unfortunately the hand dryers were broken (which I normally like because of the reduction of trash, but dislike because of the increased noise they produce). You have some potable water/dish cleaning spigots, but nothing is there to catch the waste. There are also a couple of bear proof trash cans and the camp host sold fire wood (pricey at $8 a bundle). However, you can collect downed wood whenever the host isn’t selling wood.
Amenities: standard picnic tables, fire rings, plus flush toilets, potable water, & bear/cougar proof trash cans |Prohibited: pets off-leash
You’re also just down the road from the Sol Duc Hot Springs, which is 3 different pools with the water pumped into them. At $15 a person, this seemed a little pricey, but you do get access to the showers, so if you’re really desperate it might be an option to clean up and then relax after some strenuous hikes.
Gear Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt I sometimes get the opportunity to test out products and the highlight of exploring the Olympic Peninsula was getting to test Beyond Clothing’s A5 Rig Light Jacket. Beyond clothing designs their clothing to be survival clothing layered for whatever potential challenges may come your way. Knowing that it can get a bit cooler in the PNW, but we’d still be hiking and exploring around I decided to try out the jacket from the A5 – Softshell section of their system. I found this to be a fantastic jacket. Several of the features I really enjoyed about this jacket were:
- This jacket was very lightweight, but also felt sturdy. Really seemed to be put together well, with strong seams and solid sticking.
- It was a breathable jacket that still kept me warm. While exploring the wilderness coast of Olympic NP I was glad to have this jacket as I didn’t feel any bite from the cold winds coming in off the Pacific, but also didn’t sweat while hiking around.
- Excellent pocket placement. Having your standard waist pockets isn’t always enough, and the bicep and breast pockets were perfectly placed and easy to access while on the move.
- The stretch of the material was great for climbing around and didn’t restrict my movement at all which sometimes happens with having on a jacket.
- I really liked the design and coloring.
- Made in the USA!!
If you camp anywhere in the Olympics let Sol Duc be your home base! Right smack in the middle of Olympic National Park we had access to not only the Hurricane ridge area but were close enough to spend a day at Kalaloch on our way home! The soak in the Sol Duc Hot springs were amazing especially after a hike. We saw some great wildlife and wildflowers on this trip. Sol duc is about an hour from Port Angeles. Happy Adventuring! And remember to practice leave no trace ethics.✌❤
The whole of Sol Duc was incredible. This is a good place for backpackers to set up after a day out there. The whole way was pretty damp/muddy on a relatively clear June Day so rain pants and a few pairs of socks are recommended.
Sol Duc campground is great! After exploring and hiking all day you can retreat to the hot springs for a soak! AND they now offer a reservation system so you no longer have to race there with your fingers crossed you'll find a spot! win/win!
This is a national park campground with perks. First, it's stunningly gorgeous - most of the campground is nestled in moss-coated old-growth cedar/hemlock forest. But second, you're walking distance from the Sol Duc camp store, where you can buy all the things you forgot to pack (plus some extremely reasonably priced and well-selected beers). Third, if you forgot to pack ANY food at all there's a fantastic restaurant on site, and if that wasn't enough there's the hot springs to attract you here. Can't imagine what else you'd want at a campground!
We absolutely loved the Sol Duc Falls hike which passes through the campgrounds. It is a very easy hike (we took a two year old and he walked 50% of it) and very rewarding. The coolest part was how much you felt like you were in a different world. It almost made me feel like I was in Jurassic Park or something! Just a note: it is WA so plan on getting wet and muddy. Everything was constantly wet around Sol Duc. Plan and pack accordingly!