NW DESTINATIONS - MOUNT STORM KING TRAIL...1.7 MILES
CONNECTS TO: NO CONNECTING TRAILS
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 :
.....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.
.....One of the most idyllic spots in the entire Pacific Northwest, the fjord-like Lake Crescent, over eight miles long and some 625 feet deep, lies right alongside two-lane US-101, just 20 miles west of Port Angeles. Powerboats are banned, and the placid surface reflects the clouds and surrounding peaks, including 4,534-foot Storm King Mountain; you can rent rowboats ($5 an hour) from the Lake Crescent Lodge and float around under your own steam. Also from the lodge, a popular mile-long hike follows a well-maintained nature trail up to the delicate cascade of 90-foot Marymere Falls, while along the north shore an abandoned railroad grade is open to hikers and mountain bikers.
.....Mount Storm King (4,534'/1382m). Mount Storm King a minor peak located above the east end of Lake Crescent, just west of Port Angeles on US Highway 101. Drive US-101 to the Storm King Ranger Station. Hike up the trail across the highway toward Marymere Falls, then fork off left and hike up the steep Mount Storm King Trail. The last part of the trail is abandoned, but can be followed to the summit by experienced scramblers. The summit climb is too rocky and exposed for hikers.
.....Highway 101 passes Lake Sutherland before tracing the southern shore of Lake Crescent. Carved by a glacier, the two lakes began as one, but a great landslide created the dam that now divides them. Indian legend says that Mount Storm King, angered at the fighting between the Quileute and Clallam Indians, threw down a boulder, killing the combatants and splitting the lake in two. Lake Crescent, 600 feet deep, is known for its azure waters and trout.
.....Mount Storm King Trail climbs steeply for 1.7 miles from the Marymere Falls trail to a point on the ridge for good views of Lake Crescent. Travel beyond that point to the top is dangerous and not recommended without good route finding and climbing skills.
.....Experienced hiking families will be challenged by this 4.2-mile trail that climbs 1700 feet. The Storm King Information Station can be found near Lake Crescent Lodge.