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Monday we drove from Seattle in a caravan of one Minnie Winnie, two extended diesel trucks pulling one 5th wheel and one pulling a small trailer. We didn't rush and spent some time for lunch in a Safeway parking lot in Silverdale. Put out the canopy and table and chairs, made our sandwiches and salads and some even had a Starbucks since it was …
... lot, a doe ambled by totally ignoring us and looking for food. Aragon didn’t react, which was a first for him. He’s not used to seeing a four-legged creature larger than him.
Our trek up the mountain didn’t take long, so the tour director decided we needed to see the Madison Falls and hot springs to the west. Rather than going back to the main highway, we took one of those winding back ...
... about 380cm (150 inches ), making this perhaps the wettest area in the continental United States (the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii gets a little more rain).
As opposed to tropical rainforests and most other temperate rainforest regions, the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest are dominated by coniferous trees, including Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Coast Douglas-fir and Western red cedar. Mosses coat the bark of these trees and even drip down from their branches ...
... bridges (and didn't fall off).
After our 2.5 hour hike, we retired to the lodge to enjoy the lake view and some nice wine, while we all did our electronic activities Dinner at the lodge was relaxed and enjoyable, but sleep was the order of the evening. Once dinner as over, Ken didn't last more than 15 minutes before dropping into dreamland, and Paige and I weren't far behind.
... and park inland and the Pacific to the north. We were 5425' high (higher than the peak of Scotland's Ben Nevis peak 4409') and it was chilly, but the weather was clear so we took one of the paved 'trails' from the visitor centre higher up the mountain. Trails were good with lots of signs along the way with information about the plants and animals. The rubbish bins at the visitor centre have special opening mechanisms ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSol Duc Hot Springs Resort Olympic National Park
At the end of July of 2013 I stayed at the resort for one night with my husband. We stayed in a non kitchen cabin. The cabin included a king size bed, table & chairs, love seat, coffee maker and small bathroom which included a shower. The cabin was like staying in a hotel room. The only items it didn't have was a TV and telephone.
You are in a remote area in the Olympic National Park so you really do not need a TV anyway. You have the stars at night and the beautiful scenery having a TV would be superfluous.
We enjoyed the hot springs, but don't expect perfect. There are areas that could be updated and you could say the hot spring's are overused.
My husband and I got to the hot springs on a Sunday afternoon and there were a bunch of people enjoying the springs. If you decide to go and think it is going to be peaceful, think again. The hot springs offers complimentary admittance for guest staying over night as well as admittance to the general public. The pool rates for daily use range from $9.00 for senior citizen to $12.25 for adults.
The fee to get into the Olympic National Park with out a yearly pass is $15 for 7 days or $80 for a National Park yearly pass.
The resort is remote at night it is very dark which makes for a great opportunity to star watch. I would recommend getting away from the resort, get in your car and head for the end of road where there is parking for a trail head.
Bring a blanker or lounge chair and look up. We were not as prepared as we would have liked and didn't have either, next time we will.
If you plan on eating at the resort make sure you have a good chunk of change. It is the only show in town for 20 miles, unless you bring your own food. We spent almost $75 for two meals. I had a New York Strip Steak and my husband had a grilled chicken sandwich with artichoke macaroni and cheese. My steak was cooked as requested but the steak had a ton of fat and no flavor. My husband's sandwich while looked good had no flavor. There was a small wait staff and they were slow and not organized at all.
There was no hostess and we were ignored for about 15 minutes before we could get someone to acknowledge we would like a table for dinner. Wait staff was nice an apologetic but had no direction for a dinner service. The food was definitely overpriced for what was served.
Aramark is the vendor who manages the restaurant and other facilities at the hot springs. They could definitely do better with their staffing and restaurant management at this facility.
With all of that being said we did have a fun time in the park even though we were only there for a short time. I would recommend going here to experience the hot springs and the cabins but be prepared and bring food and your bathing suit!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.