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This trail is steep! So steep you'll need to use a rope to get to the top, but it's worth it.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

2,574' 785 m

High

762' 232 m

Low

1,850' 564 m

Up

135' 41 m

Down

24%

Avg Grade (13°)

67%

Max Grade (34°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

Past the viewpoint at 1.5 miles, the trail is extremely steep and dangerous with lots of loose gravel and no ropes to hold on to.

Description

The trailhead is a short trot from the parking lot at the ranger station - you'll see a sign pointing up a steep switchback to your left. Be ready to huff and puff from the start.

Storm King offers classic Olympic Peninsula biome transitions as you hike (who are we kidding - walk) up to the summit. Near the lookout (mile 1.25), you'll find a handy rope system to help you get there. The scary scramble to the viewpoint is rewarded by an awe-inspiring view of Lake Crescent. In spite of/because of its difficulty, this is a popular trail. Expect a little company from time to time. The trail from the view point to the peak is very difficult. Many sections do not have rope, are very steep and require climbing.

Contacts

Shared By:

Josh Sutcliffe with improvements by Joshua Ingram and 2 others

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Photos

View of Lake Crescent and Pyramid Peak from Storm King Trail.
Jun 4, 2016 near Port An…, WA
View from the peak.
Jun 15, 2023 near Port An…, WA
This is the second of two ropes (in a row).
Jun 21, 2017 near Port An…, WA
Junction with the Storm King Trail
Feb 1, 2021 near Port An…, WA
Lake Crescent and Pyramid Mountain from the viewpoint on Mt. Storm King Trail.
Feb 4, 2024 near Port An…, WA
The hike up the mountain along the trail is quite beautiful.
Jun 21, 2017 near Port An…, WA

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