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Deer Lake Trail

Intermediate

Trail

3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer point to point
73% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,623' 495 m
Descent: -18' -5 m
High: 3,689' 1,124 m
Low: 2,084' 635 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This is a moderate trail to a large lake enclosed by lush, inviting meadows.

Megan W

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Runner Notes

Rocky, rugged surface.

Description

The Deer Lake Trail begins at a junction with the Sol Duc River Trail just west of Sol Duc Falls. Take the Deer Lake Trail southwest across the Sol Duc River and past the eastern end of the Lover's Lane Trail. Start the uphill switchbacking up the Canyon Creek drainage. Cross the creek at a bridge and continue the steady consistent uphill run.

The trail proceeds along the western side of Canyon Creek, contouring up the steep hillside. Finally, the grade eases as you approach footbridge over the outlet of Deer Creek. There is often a lot of water rushing out here, and it's a nice spot to rest. The remainder of the path around the verdant lake is more level and goes past campsites and viewpoints. This is an intriguing place to explore- see if you can find "Fawn Lake," and the nearby network of pretty streams with "potholes" higher up (being careful to stay on established paths of course). The Deer Lake Trail ends at a junction with the High Divide Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Yellow cedar, mountain hemlock, silver fir, huckleberries. Deer.

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Photos

Sol Duc Falls rages with early summer runoff.
Jun 26, 2017 near Forks, WA
Sol Duc Falls. with permission from Dean Goss All Rights Reserved
Mar 30, 2016 near Forks, WA
Seven Lakes Basin Loop sign again--we made it!
Jul 15, 2019 near Forks, WA
Deer Lake campsite #8
Jul 15, 2019 near Forks, WA
Climb.. climb.. on High Divide
Feb 25, 2015 near Forks, WA
Sol Duc Falls cuts right through age-old rainforest.
Jun 26, 2017 near Forks, WA

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