Marymere Falls, Lake Crescent - Storm King Trailhead, Olympic National Park, Washington
Marymere Falls - 1.7 miles
Lake Crescent - Storm King Trailhead
|Round-Trip Length:||1.7 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||625' - 792' (801' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||+167' net elevation gain (+194' total roundtrip elevation)|
Marymere Falls - 1.7 Miles Round-Trip
Marymere Falls is located .85 miles from the Storm King Ranger Station in Olympic National Park. The falls drop over 80' down Falls Creek to its confluence with Barnes Creek, which continues a short distance into Lake Crescent.
A level path leads through fir and hemlock to successive bridges over Barnes Creek and the Falls Creek confluence (.7 miles : 686').
The falls' lower tier is partially visible from the bridge, but difficult to safely access. Steep stairs continue up to the falls viewing area (.85 miles : 795'), with the option of a short loop back to the Falls Creek bridge.
Those seeking a longer outing will find connections to the Mt Storm King Trail and Barnes Creek Trail from the Marymere Falls Trail.
- N48 03.486 W123 47.334 — 0.0 miles : Marymere Falls Trailhead
- N48 03.210 W123 47.414 — .45 miles : Storm King Trail split
- N48 03.131 W123 47.279 — .55 miles : Barnes Creek Trail split
- N48 03.044 W123 47.310 — .85 miles : Marymere Falls
- Lake Crescent lies in the Olympic Mountains rain shadow. While Olympic rainforests on the west side of the park may receive up to 150" of rain per year, forests on the north and east sides see less than 60".
- Geological records suggest that landslides from surrounding mountains 7,000 years ago divided what was once a larger lake into two separate lakes - Lake Crescent and neighboring Lake Sutherland.
- As a result of this closure to the sea, Lake Crescent has evolved a population of landlocked sockeye called Kokanee. They spend their entire lives in the lake and are smaller than their anadromous relative.
- A Washington State Fishing License is not required to fish in Olympic National Park except when fishing in the Pacific Ocean from shore. No license is required to harvest surf smelt.
- A Washington State catch record card is required to fish for salmon or steelhead and they must be accounted for as if caught in state waters. Fishing regulations are specific to site, species, and season. Contact the Park before setting out.
- Recreational fishing in freshwater areas of Olympic National Park is restricted to artificial lures with single, barbless hooks (exceptions may apply).
- The use of seines, traps, drugs, explosives, and nets (except to land a legally hooked fish or dip-net smelt) are prohibited.
Rules and Regulations
- There's a $15 fee to enter Olympic National Park ($30 annual pass).
- Pets are not permitted on trails. Pets are permitted in campgrounds and must be leashed at all times.
Directions to Trailhead
The Marymere Falls Trailhead is located 18.75 miles west of Port Angeles at the Storm King Ranger Station in Olympic National Park.
From Port Angeles, drive 18.7 miles west on US 101 to the Storm King Ranger Station exit on the right (along the shore of Lake Crescent). Turn right, and follow signs immediately right again into the parking area.
Olympic National Park
600 East Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362-6798
Visitor Information: 360.565.3130
Road & Weather Hotline: 360.565.3131
Wilderness Information Center and Backcountry Permit Office (WIC)
Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center
Forks Information Station
360.374.7566 or 360.374.5877
Quinault Wilderness Information Office