Marymere Falls | Olympic National Park, Washington
Luke, Auntie Jaz, and I spent a day exploring the Olympic Peninsula last week. We rode a ferry, stopped to look at Totem Poles, hiked to a beautiful waterfall, climbed in and out of hollow tree trunks, and eventually combed the beaches on the Washington coast. One of the highlights of the day was our hike to Marymere Falls, near Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park.
It was an easy hike, less then two miles roundtrip, through beautiful trees and along a creek. I highly recommend stopping here if you are in the area!
From Port Angeles, follow Highway 101 west. Once you reach Lake Crescent, look for signs marking the turn off for the Storm King Ranger Station on your right. Follow the signs to park near the Marymere Falls trailhead. There is plenty of parking, as well as picnic tables, public restrooms, and a water fountain.
The trail begins between the ranger station and the shores of Lake Crescent and is marked by a wooden sign. Follow the path into the trees and through the tunnel underneath the highway. From the tunnel, continue along the path until you reach Barnes Creek. Toss a few rocks into the water, then cross the bridge. Toss a few more rocks into the water, then cross the other bridge that spans Falls Creek.
At this point, you can easily hear the crash of Marymere Falls and you can catch a glimpse of the lovely waterfall through the trees. The trail climbs about 200 feet from here, up a series of steps, to two different overlooks. Take some time to soak up the sound of water crashing onto the rocks below and feel the spray on your face. Toss even more rocks over the fence and into the falling water.
Continue following the loop that quickly joins the original trail about halfway down the steps. Cross the two bridges and follow the trail back to the Storm King Ranger Station.