DAY HIKES IN THE PARK
ALMOST EVERY TRAIL CAN BE A DAY HIKE.
Some trails are created as only day trips - they are not for the purpose of connecting to other trails to create destinations - they are usually leading to a view or sight worth visiting. 2nd Beach trail is an example.
Please click on REVIEW SECTION where every trail is listed and YOU decide what defines a day hike for you...or review links and info below.
Lake Crescent has several short hikes
Moments in Time Nature Trail is approximately a 1/2 mile loop trail and offers nice views of the lake and winds through old-growth forest and former homestead sites. It is located between Olympic Park Institute and Lake Crescent Lodge.
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.
Pyramid Peak Trail begins on the north shore of the lake and climbs 2600' in 3.5 miles. At the summit is a World War II aircraft spotter station. Good views of Lake Crescent and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Spruce Railroad Trail connects the North Shore and Lyre River trailheads. Much of this relatively flat 4 miles (each way) trail runs on or adjacent to the World World I Spruce Railway bed and offers excellent Lake Crescent views. It is a designated bike trail. Watch for ticks and poison oak.
Sol Duc falls, one of the most photographed spots on the Peninsula, is a mile walk from the end of Sol Duc Hot Springs Road (13 miles off of Hwy. 101 at the west end of Lake Crescent). Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort features three hot pools and a swimming pool.
East of Lake Crescent on the Elwha Road you'll find Madison Falls on a paved 600 foot accessible path, park near the toll booth and stroll left to see this cascade.
On the north shore of the lake, a 4-mile trail follows the old Spruce Railroad grade and is one of two trails in the Park that allows mountain bikes. Pedalboats, rowboats, canoes and motorboat rentals are available at the resorts and store on the lake.
Salmon Cascades - A short gravel and dirt path leads from the Sol Duc Road to a wooden platform overlooking the Sol Duc River and a small cascades. Leaping salmon can be seen migrating in the fall.
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.