You’ve heard of the hot springs in Alaska, Wyoming, and Iceland. But did you know the Washington Coast has hot springs too?
The Sul Doc Hot Springs in the Olympic National Park.
Once the most noted pleasure and health resort on the Pacific Coast, the warm mineral waters of the Sol Duc Hot Springs have long drawn people seeking to soak away their aches and pains, or just enjoy the water and the view.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Nestled within the Olympic National Forest, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, a National Park lodge, offers three natural mineral hot pools as well as a freshwater swimming pool.
Sol Duc Hot Springs
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort offers three Mineral Hot Spring soaking pools and one Freshwater Pool. The spring water comes from rain and melting snow, which seeps through cracks in the sedimentary rocks where it mingles with gasses coming from cooling volcanic rocks. The mineralized spring waters then rise to the surface along a larger crack or fissure.
- The small mineral wading pool is between 6-8 feet deep and its temperature is about 99F.
- The medium-sized mineral pool is three (3) feet deep, and its temperature hovers at 104F.
- The larger mineral fountain pool is three (3) feet deep and stays at 101F. It is wheelchair accessible.
- The freshwater pool, which also is wheelchair accessible, is three (3) feet deep, has a variable temperature that can be as low as 50F and as high as 85F, depending on the time of year.
All pools are drained nightly and refill naturally.
The freshwater pool and the Small Mineral Wading pool are available to people of all ages, while the other two are restricted to people ages 4 and up. Other amenities include the Springs Restaurant and bar, a poolside deli and even an espresso bar.
HISTORY OF SOL DUC HOT SPRINGS
The area was once a natural area known to Native American tribes for soaking and therapeutic therapeutic sessions. The area first came to the attention of settlers in the 1880s, who named the hot springs Sol Duc. It's believed Sol Duc is a mispronunciation of the Quileute word for sparkling waters.
In 1912, an elaborate resort opened up. Over a half-million dollars was spent constructing the spa, which featured a four-star hotel with 165-guest rooms, each with an outside view, electric lights, hot and cold running water, telephones, and steam heat. The grounds featured fountains, gardens and tennis courts. There were also bowling alleys and a theater.
Sol Duc was one of the most elaborate health reorts in the country. But in 1916 the resort burned down. The roof of the main building caught fire, the strong winds scattered the sparks, and within hours the resort burned to the ground.
In 1925, the resort was rebuilt, but on a much less grand scale. It opened with 40 cabins and two (2) pools. In 1966, the resort was purchased by the National Park Service and became part of the Olympic National Park. A concessionaire was brought in to run the resort. In the 1970s, it ran into trouble with its thermal springs. These problems were eventually overcame and the resort was totally rebuilt during the 1980s with new cabins, a new thermal pool and assorted facilities.
Today the resort continues to be operated by a small private concessionare under contract with the National Park Service.
MAKE SEABROOK YOUR WASHINGTON COAST ADVENTURE HOME
Once you’ve soaked in the hot springs, you’ll need a place to come back and relax. Consider one of our Seabrook Cottage Rentals! Book a home with a hot tub so you can continue to unwind, relax and rejuvenate along the Washington Coast.