A bridge across the Sol Duc Gorge provides a wonderful view of the falls. It's a 3/4 mile hike to this spot from the end of the road. The 12 mile drive in from Hwy 101 is scenic as well with glimpses of the upper Sol Duc River. During the salmon runs you can stop at Salmon Cascades to watch salmon moving to their spawning grounds. Lounge in the hot springs if you've a mind to. Total distance from the hostel is 60 miles.