Port Angeles, WA
One day last week we drove west of Port Angeles to the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and joined friends, Eric and Laurel (Raven and Chickadee), for a hike on the Lover’s Lane Trail to the Sol Duc Falls. To get to the hot springs we drove 25 miles west on US 101 and turned south on Sol Duc Hot Springs Road for 12 miles. The trailhead to Lover’s Lane Trail and the falls is in the north end of the parking lot of the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort.
It was cool and misty as we began hiking, giving the woods a weird primordial feeling.
The trail crossed a number of rapidly flowing streams on old, but very sturdy bridges.
After about three and half miles, we came to Sol Duc Falls. While we didn’t see many hikers on the trail, the area around the falls was quite crowded. This is because you can avoid the longer 7 mile hike and drive to a trailhead that is less than a mile from the falls.
Laurel had spoken with someone who had hiked this trail a few weeks earlier. She was told it was a difficult hike due to the number of large trees that had fallen across the path over the winter. But a crew must have been working overtime recently as we found the trail almost totally clear of trees and passed many spots with evidence of recent chain saw activity. We only found a few spots where we had to do some detouring. Some of the downed trees were quite large and must have made incredible noise as they fell.
On US 101 we passed Crescent Lake on the drive to the trailhead and again on the drive back to the motorhome. What a difference the sun makes! On the drive to the trailhead it was raining and the cloud cover was quite thick, giving the lake a gloomy look.
The skies cleared and the sun was shining brightly on the return drive, giving the lake a totally different appearance.
We really enjoy hiking in the open spaces of the southwest so sometimes a trek in the woods doesn’t do much for us. But the Lover’s Lane Trail has such a wide diversity of terrain, water crossings, and plant life that we found it to be a very interesting experience. Plus its helps to be hiking with Laurel and Eric, who have a tremendous knowledge about plant life and can identify every bird they see! We really enjoy hiking with them and plan at least one more adventure before they leave the area.
More on that later . . .