Inhale deeply, listen to the birds, and enjoy the journey through forest or high meadow
Get up in elevation!
Viewpoints of Mount Olympus or Lake Crescent gives you a scenic journey and enchanting endpoint, perfect for your Olympic vacation. The viewpoints highlighted in these hikes are not as frequently enjoyed by visitors to Olympic National Park.
Superb viewpoint on a Lake Crescent hike
Since Marymere Falls is only a short distance from our viewpoints trailhead, we will first view this popular bridal-veil type waterfall. In fact, the short walk to Marymere Falls can be combined with tours to Sol Duc Falls, Hoh Rainforest, Neah Bay, or La Push Beaches at no extra charge since you litterally drive right by Barnes Point on Highway 101. A visit to Barnes Point on Lake Crescent also allows us to visit the historic Singer Tavern which is now the Lake Crescent Lodge, Storm King Ranger Station, and the historic Rosemary Inn.
Viewpoint of Lake Crescent hike is available all year and is under 8 miles (13 km). Unlike the Viewpoint of Mount Olympus hike which leads you to around 6000 ft (1830 m) elevation, Viewpoint of Lake Crescent hike only leads you to 2400 ft (730 m) because we start from a lower elevation starting point. On a clear day, you are afforded a view of not only Lake Crescent but also of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The trail passes through old-growth and you transition to montane forest as well as rocky outcrops with beautiful wildflowers, mosses, and lichen. The trail also takes you past many Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii) trees with their shiny red bark and evergreen broad leaves.
Great viewpoints of Mount Olympus from Hurricane Ridge
Viewpoints of Mount Olympus hikes takes place on Hurricane Ridge and are available from roughly June to October (variable based on snow level) and are roughly 5 miles (8 km) roundtrip. Different hiking options entail different levels of exertion.
If you organize your viewpoints hike after July, a more moderate level backcountry option is usually available that does not include switchbacks. The viewpoints of Mount Olympus hike concludes with excellent views of Mount Olympus and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, including a better view of Mount Olympus than can be seen from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center because you are about 1000 ft. (300 m) higher in elevation.