Below the rocky banks of the Sol Duc River, there is a churning in the water after a lazy, unusually dry summer. The Sol Duc River, located in the northern stretches of Olympic National Park is chocked full of coho salmon, returning to their time honored spawning grounds far upriver from the Strait of Juan de Fuca. As we mentioned in our Fall Guide to Olympic National Park, the Sol Duc is home to one of the greatest settings to watch salmon in the entire National Park.
Thanks to a series of cascades along one of the more narrow, rocky, and accessible stretches of the river, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities are able to watch the hundreds/thousands of salmon jump up small waterfalls, from the safety of a viewing platform.
We received reports in early October of 2014 from the Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles that the Coho salmon are starting to return to their spawning grounds, swimming upstream from the Pacific Ocean. Please give them a follow on Twitter or Facebook and check out their website. They seem like really rad people!
Along the Sol Duc River, these determined fish are forced to jump up a rocky waterfall called the Salmon Cascades. An extremely short trail and overlook have been built to help visitors witness this event, providing an up-close and personal look at the difficulties the salmon have to fulfill their lifelong purpose of spawning. Seeing the Coho jump is impressive and a testament to the difficulties of a salmon’s life. Sol Duc is a fantastic family-friendly spot, and is also close to Sol Duc Falls, a shirt, but beautiful walk through pristine forests to a mind-blowingly gorgeous waterfall.
Want more salmon sighting and other Fall Experiences?
Pick up our Fall Guide to Olympic National Park!