Marymere Falls is a beautiful 90-foot waterfall located along Lake Crescent's shores in Olympic National Park. The waterfall is accessed via a 1.7-mile hike.
The waterfall is quite beautiful throughout the year and is also incredibly popular with those visiting the Olympic National Park/Port Angeles/Forks areas. It's often a part of day trip itineraries for those spending time around La Push, as well.
Marymere Falls: At a Glance
Location: Olympic National Park, near Lake Crescent
Height: 90 feet
Trailhead: Stormking Ranger Station
Family Friendly? Yes, it's considered an easy hike.
Best Time to Visit Marymere Falls
Summer is certainly the best time to visit Marymere Falls. Warmer weather makes for a comfortable hike, and the trail is generally dry. This is the busiest season, so you'll find all nearby facilities and attractions open.
Fall is also a good option as the weather is cooler but usually still comfortable for outdoor activities. Fewer crowds than in summer, as well.
Hiking to Marymere Falls
The trail to view Marymere Falls starts near the shores of Lake Crescent and at the Stormking Ranger Station just off Highway 101. There is a large parking area that, even on weekdays, is often full. You may need to park outside the parking area along Lake Circle Road.
The hike takes you through a tunnel under the highway and then through a flat section of woods before you have to go up a couple of flights of stairs, and you get your first view of the falls.
The hike culminates in a wooden platform from which you can observe the falls cascading down approximately 90 feet into a small pool below.
The water comes from Falls Creek, and the area surrounding the falls is rich in flora and fauna, offering opportunities to spot local wildlife and take photographs of the natural beauty.
To Do Nearby
The area around Marymere Falls is very popular. You might also want to check out:
This glacial lake is known for its deep blue waters and is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. There are also several hiking trails around the lake for those looking to explore on foot. You can also visit Lake Crescent in winter.
Mount Storm King
For the more adventurous, this hike provides a challenging ascent and breathtaking views of Lake Crescent and beyond. The trailhead is the same as the Marymere Falls parking area, and you'll see the turn-off for the Stormking Trail while hiking to the falls. This is one of the best hikes in Olympic National Park.
Sol Duc Hot Springs
About a 40-minute drive from Lake Crescent, these hot springs offer a chance to soak and relax in a natural setting.
Lake Crescent and nearby streams offer opportunities for fishing. Make sure to check local regulations and acquire any necessary permits.
The Olympic Peninsula has several stunning beaches, such as Rialto Beach and Ruby Beach, which are within a reasonable driving distance and offer another form of natural beauty and relaxation.
There are a number of nearby campgrounds you might want to check out:
Salt Creek Campground: is an incredibly scenic, large campground around 20 minutes from Port Angeles and on the northern coast of Washington State. It includes RV and tent sites and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and Canada.