BARNES CREEK & UPPER BARNES CREEK TRAIL...3.3 MILES
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DIRECTIONS TO : STORM KING TRAILHEAD - MILEPOST 228
NEAREST CAMPGROUND: Fairholm (west end of Lake Crescent)
RANGER STATION : Pay phone, toilets, water and permit registration all located at or near Storm King Ranger Station.
INFO ABOUT TRAIL :
VARIOUS COMMENTS :
...In reference to the Olympic National Park property the area of Lake Crescent lies in the northwestern corner. The lake is the source of the Lyre River, so you may hear reference to that drainage. Several streams empty into the lake the largest of which is Barnes Creek. This stream provides access to the backcountry of northwestern Olympic National Park...
...At Lake Crescent, you can park at the Storm King Ranger station and take the short hike to Marymere Falls. This is well worth it. Marymere Falls is tall and you can get close to it, so a wide-angle lens like a 24mm works well. There are two viewpoints from the trail--one below the falls and one from near the top. Be sure to take a look at both. The Barnes Creek trail leading to the falls is also a very pleasant walk. Keep your eye out for lush patches of Vanilla leaf and other forest flowers.
....Barnes Point Loop - Approximately 1/2 mile loop of crushed rock offers nice views of the lake and winds through old-growth forest and former homestead sites. It is accessible with assistance starting at Olympic Park Institute, Lake Crescent Lodge, or Storm King Ranger Station. Marymere Falls is a spectacular 90' waterfall just one mile from Lake Crescent at Barnes Point. The trail leads through old growth forest with flowering plants and mushrooms in season. The first 1/2 mile to an overlook on Barnes Creek is accessible with assistance on a flat gravel and dirt surface.
.....Mount Storm King Trail climbs steeply for 1.7 miles from the Marymere Falls trail to a point on the ridge. Travel beyond that point to the top is over difficult terrain and the trail is not maintained. Good views of Lake Crescent.