The legend of the well-matched dragons that fought nearly to the death, and whose hot tears of anguish created the hot springs of today lends a magical touch to the Lake Crescent area. Located just 40 minutes from Forks, this picturesque lake welcomes swimming, boating, hiking, nearby waterfall hikes, and area hot springs. Enjoy a fun-filled day at the lake! If you’re looking for even more waterfall hikes and vistas, we highly recommend visiting the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail as well.
This picturesque glacier-carved lake offers swimming, boating, and fishing along with diverse hiking trails. Hike along a shoreline path that was once a railroad grade, ascend to breathtaking vistas or stroll through the forest to a waterfall. Waterfalls in the area include Marymere Falls, a one-mile walk from Storm King Ranger Station at Barnes Point. Pedal boats, rowboats, canoes, kayaks and motorboat rentals are available seasonally at the resorts and store on the lake. 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. Learn more about visiting the lake from the NPS.
Sol Duc Falls, one of the most photographed spots on the Peninsula, is .8 mile walk from the end of Sol Duc Hot Springs Road (13 miles off of Hwy 101 at the west end of Lake Crescent). The hot springs resort at Sol Duc features three hot pools and a swimming pool and is open seasonally. Sol Duc Hot Springs Road is one of the few places in the Olympic National Park that requires an entry fee.
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.
Just east of Lake Crescent, the 13-mile Mt. Muller Loop on US Forest Service Land offers a challenging 2700 foot elevation gain and several vistas, and is open to use by mountain bikes, stock and dogs.
Enjoy these images taken around Lake Crescent! Click to view larger.
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