Washington, Mount Storm King Trail

State: Washington
Location: Olympic National Park
Length, One-Way: 1.7 miles
Trail Type: Out and Back
Minimum Elevation: 700 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2700 feet
Elevation Change: 2000 feet
Trail Surface: Maintained
Best Season: Summer
Difficulty: Difficult
Usage: Heavy

Mother and son crossing a small stream

Trail Information

The Mount Storm King Trail is a short, steep trail heading south from the Storm King Information Center on the southern shore of Lake Crescent. The trail follows a paved path under the highway and along the northern bank of Barnes Creek. After paralleling the creek for about one half mile the trail forks, turn right at this fork and begin ascending the northern Barnes Creek Valley wall.

The Mount Storm King Trail ascends to a terrace above the creek, reaching the western ridge crest of Mt. Storm King. Once the ridge is crested, you receive a brief break from the climbing. However, the trail once again climbs steeply using switchbacks to ascend a ridge line. Along this ridge are sweeping views from various overlooks.


From Port Angeles:
Drive 20 miles west on Highway 101 to the Storm King Information Center. Follow the nature trail south along Barnes Creek, under the highway, to a fork. Follow the Storm King Trail left at this split.

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