Olympic National Park: A Hike to Marymere Falls
The next stop on our trip to Olympic National Park was to hike the trail to Marymere Falls. After getting our views of Lake Crescent we found free parking in the historic Storm King Rangers Station.
A short distance from the ranger station you will cross under the 101 Highway through a tunnel and find yourself on a well-walked trail heading towards Marymere Falls. You’ll be transported to a beautiful, old-growth forest path leading you to Marymere Falls. The first part of the trail is pretty compact and easy to walk. You’ll be surrounded by dense forest of moss-covered trees and lush ferns. As you walk through the trees take some time to really look at them. The detail, the growth, the uniqueness of them. There was a lot of interesting mushrooms and other plant life along the way.
Once you start to hear the falls you know you’re getting close. The trail gets a little more uneven and you’ll pass a couple foot-bridges where the trail gets to be a bit more strenuous. The entire walk we didn’t see a lot of people but as soon as we got closer to the falls the number of visitors increased. There’s a trail of stairs up to an overlook with handrails and you’ll find there are people coming and going. Once you get about 40 steps up there will be a viewing area and an additional overlook that is fewer stairs and more hiking up a dirt trail. This path loops back around so you’ll find people are coming and going so you’ll definitely want to use the handrail and use caution when walking in areas without.
Marymere Falls wasn’t the most spectacular waterfall I’ve ever seen, but its simple beauty, the misty air, and the overall view were quite worth the hike.
On our way back we decided to try to hike Mount Storm King without realizing how intense of a hike it would be. After walking up the switchback trail that felt like forever but was probably less than 30 mins we came across some people hiking down the trail. I asked how much further we had to go and they said quite a bit and that they had started hiking up the trail hours ago. Hearing this we decided to give up this hike as we had a few other stops to make this day. Later, I learned Mount Storm King hike would have been worth it (incredible views!) but would have taken us too long. Perhaps another trip in the future we’ll plan better and make the journey up!
What 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
What else to do near Marymere Falls
Hike Mt. Storm King
Our next stop was Hurricane Ridge! Post coming soon.