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A jaunt through lush undergrowth and old growth along a scenic and remote creek.


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7.3

Miles

11.8

KM

Out and Back

1,927' 587 m

High

605' 184 m

Low

1,513' 461 m

Up

1,506' 459 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Wildlife

Family Friendly Moderate grades and a manageable length make this trail a viable option for families with children. Children will enjoy enchanting established forests along this trail.

Overview

Past the hustle and bustle of the Lake Crescent area's Marymere Falls and Mount Storm King Trail, the path along Barnes Creek is a local favorite year round. The trail is perfect if you are looking for a forested journey in the Lake Crescent Region of the park. It isn't difficult, but it will give you a feeling of isolation and wilderness solitude in an otherwise busy area.

Description

Once the trail starts, it narrows considerably and works its way through a gorgeous young forest, highlighted by vine leaf maples and alder trees. All along the trail, the sounds of the babbling creek fill your ears, as the scent of the forests of Olympic National Park fill your nostrils. Your eyes might struggle to take in the myriad of greens of the forest, but that is a good thing.

After a little over a mile, the trail passes over Barnes Creek on a nice bridge. Be aware it may be a bit slick, so please watch your step and unbuckle your backpack. Once you cross the footbridge, the trail slowly climbs uphill, weaving through impressive stands of newer Douglas fir trees. Growing increasingly dense each year, this section of the trail is quite pretty, and a great spot for fall mushrooms.

The trail continues to work away from the creek for a bit, before joining it later and eventually meeting the Upper Barnes Creek Trail and Aurora Divide Trail. The Barnes Creek Trail isn't the most scenic trail in Olympic National Park, but since it is so close to Lake Crescent, it is hard to pass up this opportunity to get away from everyone and have a moment alone in the wilderness.

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Shared By:

Doug Scott

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Photos

Junction with the Storm King Trail
Feb 1, 2021 near Port An…, WA
Path to Marymere Falls
Feb 25, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Enjoying the Marymere Falls Trail (photo by Ralph Arvesen)
Jun 9, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Meadow flowers by Lake Crescent
Mar 24, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Bridge over Barnes Creek
Mar 24, 2015 near Port An…, WA

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