Description - The Sol Duc is one of the larger drainages in the windward Olympic Mountains. The drainage leads eastward into the low northwestern peaks of the peninsula with easy access from Sol Duc Road.
- This region within the park centers around the Sol Duc River. This drainage begins immediately west of Cat Creek in Sol Duc Park. It flows westward with its tributaries descending from High Divide northward and Aurora Ridge southward. The western ridge of Mt. Appleton separates the north and main forks of the Sol Duc River.
Several trails wind through the tributary drainages, passes, basins and valleys of the Sol Duc River. The main trailhead lies at the end of Sol Duc River Road at an elevation of 1,640 feet. The trails of the main fork Sol Duc stem to the east and south from this trailhead. Following the road downstream you'll reach the facilities of the Sol Duc. In this valley is the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, which encompasses lodgings, dining facilities, camper services and a small store. Across the road from the resort is the Sol Duc Campground and Eagle Ranger Station. At these park-administered facilities visitors will find a information center, nature path and amphitheater.
Recreation - Individuals reaching the Sol Duc General Forest Area during the summer months will find opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, backpacking and horse packing. Winter activities include fishing and snowshoeing.
Climate - This area within the park boundaries is composes of montane and subalpine terrain. Precipitation is high in this area throughout the year. Temperatures are moderate, but cool significantly in the higher elevations. The headwaters area of the Sol Duc River, especially Seven Lakes Basin receives large amounts of snow during winter.
This area of Olympic National Park lies on the windward side of the peninsula. In reference to park boundaries the Sol Duc River lies in the northwestern portion of the park. It is accessible from Highway 101 via Sol Duc River Road.