We decided to stay in the Sol Duc Campground, rather than the nearby Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, mostly be cause it was cheaper ($20 a night) and because the surroundings of the campground are much nicer than the open area of the resort RV campground.
I think this is my favorite Olympic National Park campground so far - and it's popularity is obvious. I arrived in the early afternoon and found it to be roughly 75% full. That night it seemed like more than a few vehicles were circling the campground trying (unsuccessfully I bet) to find an open campsite. After struggling to find a semi flat spot to park the MoFo, we finally settled in.
One of the primary attractions of this area is the nearby Sol Duc Falls. A trail from the campground leads to the falls which are 2.8 miles away, according to the sign. Alternatively you can drive up the road a bit to a spot where the hike in is less than a mile.
The falls are well worth the trip and you could fill your camera with endless shots from a variety of different angles. I was surprised at the number of folks there with multiple cameras, tripods and other expensive looking gear. For me, my iPhone and GoPro had to suffice.
As I got there and walked down to the river above the falls someone asked me, "Did you see the black bear?" Just my luck I hadn't but apparently seconds before I got there a black bear crossed the river a bit further upstream! On my way back, just outside of the campground, I found a pile of black bear scat on the side of the trail. It seemed fairly fresh (although I didn't subject it to any kind of rigorous testing) and I don't believe it was there on my way in. Two chances to see (or be eaten by) a black bear and I missed them both!
The next morning I met a couple from the Bay Area who were visiting the Olympic National Park to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with their family. They asked me if I had heard the raccoons overnight. I hadn't, of course, and neither had Rudy apparently. These folks heard them rustling around outside and also heard their chirping. They were in the next campsite over, so I suspected they came by my site as well.
Another wildlife encounter missed! But at least there were no snakes!