Posted on Nov 2nd, 2008 by Allison (Photography, Travel)

OK, back to the travel log.   I think that this leg of the sisters’ Olympic roadtrip was my favorite. 

As we turned off of Hwy 101 and up the road toward the falls, I said – “I really hope we see rays of light coming through the trees….”

Rays on the road

And not 15 minutes later, we rounded the bend and saw this.  

Cool huh?

Of course another abrupt stop, in the middle of the road, was in order.

Sol Duc FallsWhen we arrived at the trailhead, a group of young scouts was just coming back, leaving the area nearly empty.  I think we only saw 3 – 4 people while on the trail – it was perfect. 

The falls are very beautiful, but the .8 mile (each way) trek to get there was as enjoyable and memorable as the falls themselves.  The path was simply enchanting, and I wish that we’d stopped to take a few photos of the trail itself.  We thought of doing so on the way back, but were both in urgent need of the restroom so couldn’t take the time

Along the trail there were a couple of charming bridges and several babbling brooks. 

Mossy stonesOne in particular was covered with mossy stones.  Kristin was very patient as I obsessively took photos from a dozen different angles (I hauled my tripod on for just this purpose).   Because we were in the dry season, there wasn’t much flow in the stream – I really want to go back in spring when the water is cascading over the even more brilliantly green mossy rocks, and take a hundred pictures.

This is a hike/walk that most anyone could handle…. this is going to be on my “must see” list whenever I have visitors.  Michelle, Chris – you guys need to make another trip up here!  Kathleen and Ashley, you too.  

To see more photos of Sol Duc trail & Falls, click here

(12) Comments   


Ashley Rae on November 2nd, 2008 at 3:27 pm

OH MY GOSH, MOM- you look AMAZING! (So much so that it required all caps.)

And those pictures are breathtaking. Wow… I love the pictures with the mossy rocks and the water in a puddle at the bottom. The photograph is incredible. I would LOVE to go up there and see all this stuff!

Jennifer Pearce on November 2nd, 2008 at 5:19 pm

I agree with Ashley, you look AMAZING! And yes, what an enchanting place. I wish we’d have seen the falls when we were there! Perhaps next time. 🙂

Allison on November 2nd, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Yes, we were almost to the trail head when we turned around and headed to Salt Creek…. You would have loved Sol Duc, but I think with our limited time, the girls probably enjoyed the tide pools more (and we couldn’t have done both before our ferry to victoria). So yes – come visit again!

Michelle on November 3rd, 2008 at 6:17 am

You both look beautiful, at first I thought I was looking at forest wood nymphs.

I love love love (yes 3 loves) the pictures. I could look at moss forever and those trees! What am I doing in a desert?

Chris on November 3rd, 2008 at 8:28 am

Beautiful! And the scenery, too. 😀
I need to move, that’s all I have to say.

Allison on November 3rd, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Michelle, you are a PISCES for heavens sake – get OUT OF THE DESERT! I know my spirit feels so much more renewed and at peace since I moved from Utah to the northwest. I NEED to be around green and water.

You both should move up here. And bring your fabulous parties with you 🙂

Kristin on November 3rd, 2008 at 2:14 pm

This was probably the highlight of the trip for me. It was so beautiful and peaceful. I’m sure it would still be stunning at any time of year, but to be there in the quiet with pretty much no one around was wonderful.

Allison does take great pictures. 🙂

Allison on November 3rd, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Kristin takes great pictures too…. I wish she’d start her blog and post some!

irene on November 3rd, 2008 at 8:08 pm

I just have to ditto everything that everyone said. The pictures are breath taking and both you and Kris look so GREAT.

irene on November 3rd, 2008 at 8:09 pm

I must add a PS… That bridge looked real scary to me. I would have had a hard time getting on it and looking down. Did you cross it??

Allison on November 3rd, 2008 at 8:31 pm

The bridge is very sturdy, wasn’t scary at all 🙂 Yes – we crossed it.

You come up the trail on the same side as the falls, and then cross the bridge to see them. We were standing about 2/3 the way across the bridge to take the pictures of the falls. The gorge underneath is quite narrow, so it doesn’t feel lake a big gaping chasm.

Once acroess, they have built decking up a little further, which is where we were standing to take photos from the top of the falls and back towards the bridge.

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