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Marymere Falls

Near the shores of Lake Crescent, depart from the Storm King Ranger Station on a paved path and continue through the old-growth forest for 0.5 miles to a junction.

At the junction, follow the left path, continuing upstream under a towering green canopy of conifers and maples. Sword ferns and carpets of moss line the wide, well-maintained trail. Shortly beyond the Mount Storm King Trail junction, head right towards Marymere Falls. The trail crosses Barnes Creek and then Falls Creek before ascending 200 feet into the mossy, fern-laden ravine.

Here the trail forms a loop, offering two viewpoints of the 90-foot-high waterfall. The viewpoint on the hillside looks down on the falls, which occur as Falls Creek plunges through a notch in the cliff. The lower platform gives a view directly opposite the base of the falls. Marymere Falls was named in honor of Mary Alice Barnes, sister of Charles Barnes, a member of the Press Expedition and homesteader along the shores of Lake Crescent.

Upon returning to the first trail junction, consider taking the path that follows Barnes Creek downstream to the Lake Crescent Lodge. This route passes through more old-growth forest and links into the family-friendly 0.5-mile Moments in Time Trail, which begins near the Storm King Ranger Station. Wandering through the woods and along the shores of Lake Crescent, the Moments in Time Trail offers exploration of Barnes Point and views of the lake and Pyramid Peak.
Driving Directions:

From Port Angeles take US 101 west 20 miles and turn right for the signed Lake Crescent Lodge and Marymere Falls. Continue for 0.2 miles and turn right to a large parking area near the Storm King Ranger Station.

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Mount Storm King, Marymere Falls — Apr 11, 2014 — Wendy W
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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The trail is in good shape and easy to follow. There is no snow and very little mud. We saw slugs, s...
The trail is in good shape and easy to follow. There is no snow and very little mud. We saw slugs, snakes, gray jays, robins, chickadees, trillium, yellow violets, pretty pink succulents and more.

The views of the lake from the first viewpoints were beautiful! In the distance we could see the Straight of Jaun de Fuca.

We continued UP to the viewpoint at the end of the trail where we found a nice spot to sit and enjoy the view of trees and peaks. We wanted to go farther but respected the sign and our safety.

After descending we strolled over to the lovely Marymere Falls.

Our hike got off to a bad start when I realized, about half a mile up, that I had left my phone on top of the car. Hubby ran down to get it. We are so happy that it was still there. Thanks to all the good people that saw it and left there for us!

Great day!
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Marymere Falls, Barnes Creek — Mar 06, 2014 — Bob and Barb
Day hike
Issues: Water on trail
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The Barnes Creel Trail travels through a lush green forest of giant cedars and firs. At 0.7 miles yo...
The Barnes Creel Trail travels through a lush green forest of giant cedars and firs. At 0.7 miles you Take the Marymere Falls Trail to the falls via a loop trail which is best done clockwise to view the falls on your approach. As you neared the falls today you were treated to a cold shower from the spray from the falls which was flowing heavily from the recent rains! Several were enjoying the trail including a large group of students from the Jane Adams School in Seattle which was split into 2 groups because of their numbers.
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Mount Storm King, Marymere Falls — Mar 02, 2014 — samnkyle
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Snow on trail
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Only one other car was in the parking lot when we arrived to the trailhead at about 9:45 this mornin...
Only one other car was in the parking lot when we arrived to the trailhead at about 9:45 this morning. Weather was wet, grey and dripping.

The trail up to Mount Storm King was in decent shape a few small limbs and sapplings lay over the trail. Only minimal melting snow at the top, less than an inch and only spotty at best. Views of Lake Cresent were socked in with fog.

Sauntered to Marymere Falls after descending the climb to the top. The falls were gorged with water.
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Marymere Falls and Barnes Creek — Aug 25, 2013 — OutdoorDan
Day hike
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Taking an auto tour on the north side of Olympic National Park? Got beginning hikers, kids or those...
Taking an auto tour on the north side of Olympic National Park? Got beginning hikers, kids or those that are less fit for a strenuous hike? This is the hike for you. My sister was getting married by the lake shore near the lodge so I showed early to explore the area. This trail leaves from the east end of the Barnes Creek Peninsula at Lake Crescent. Its not quite a mile each way with some stairs the last .2 mile. Beautiful stretch of forest here on a wide, well beaten path. Marymere Falls was pretty and moving pretty good for late August. Afterword I walked the 2/3 mile long Moments In Time Trail that follows the lake shore and cuts back into the trees. Probably logged close to 3 miles with barely breaking a sweat. Today was about the scenery, not the journey and that's ok. Lake Crescent is a stunning place and I look forward to a return trip to the area.
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Marymere Falls and Barnes Creek — Aug 16, 2013 — Gabriel
Day hike
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Falls were larger than we expected. Very pretty, and popular spot. Would be a nice place to cool d...
Falls were larger than we expected. Very pretty, and popular spot. Would be a nice place to cool down after hiking up Mount Storm King trail.
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Location
Marymere Falls (#50)
Olympics -- North
Olympic National Park
Statistics
Roundtrip 1.8 miles
Elevation Gain 500 ft
Highest Point 1100 ft
Features
Rivers
Waterfalls
Old growth
User info
Good for kids
National Park/Refuge entry fee required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)
Green Trails Lake Crescent No. 101

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