About Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park
One of Olympic National Park‘s most popular destinations is the Hike to Marymere Falls. Located near Lake Crescent, this 90-foot waterfall is about a mile away from the parking lot. You’ll walk through old-growth forests covered in moss and ferns on a well-maintained wood trail, cross two rivers, and hike up a few sets of natural stairs to access elevated views of the falls.
While these aren’t the most impressive falls, it’s an easy hike that’s perfect for an introduction to all the incredible beauty of Olympic National Park.
An easy trail
This trail is marked low in its level of difficulty. The elevation feels minimal and the trail is well-maintained which makes it easy to walk. You’ll begin your journey at the Mt. Storm King Rangers Station where you’ll find a parking lot. There’s a short walk through a tunnel under Highway 101 and through some forest until you get to the start of the trail.
The views along the way are part of the fun. The old-growth Hemlock trees, the moss covering every surface, and the intricately beautiful ferns that line the trail are awe-inspiring.
Get up close and personal with all the incredible detail throughout your hike. From moss hanging off branches to the detail in the trees bark.
An easy trail
Soon, you’ll cross The Barnes Creek and Falls Creek over some picturesque wood bridges. You’re getting closer to the falls at this point and can hear the power of the flow of water falling to the ground.
When you arrive at the falls, you’ll be at the base but can climb a few sets of natural stairs to get an elevated view. This was an extremely crowded spot when we visited so be aware you may need to squeeze through people. The views of the falls from the higher elevation is truly beautiful and worth the steps if you can make it up.
Check out my post on Hiking the Ledges at Cuyahoga Valley National Park for more moss-covered forests
Things to Know before you go
-The waterfall is 90 feet high.
-Roughly 1.8 miles round trip.
-It took us roughly an hour and a half to walk through and back. We stopped a lot for views.
-Low difficulty trail.
-Mostly well-maintained dirt trail that can be a bit uneven at times.
-No dogs are allowed on the trail
-Free parking at Storm King Ranger Station
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