Mount Storm King

Sappho, Washington

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A 3.8-mile round-trip day hike from Storm King Ranger Station partway up Mount Storm King. This trail offers a steep ascent that ends at a viewpoint high on the flanks of Mount Storm King. The trip starts out on the paved nature trail that crosses underneath the highway and into the bottomland forest beyond. The rich alluvial delta of Barnes Creek supports an old-growth stand of grand fir and red cedar where towering progenitors rise above a mix of younger trees. Just before the walkway reaches a footlog over Barnes Creek, the Storm King Trail breaks away to the left. This narrow path climbs steeply out of the bottomland and onto drier slopes pocked with sunny openings where bigleaf maples thrive. The trail soon crosses a broad terrace with poorly drained soils that support a lush growth of forest similar to that found in the creek bottoms.
Hiking Olympic National Park

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Hiking Olympic National Park

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

A 3.8-mile round-trip day hike from Storm King Ranger Station partway up Mount Storm King. This trail offers a steep ascent that ends at a viewpoint high on the flanks of Mount Storm King. The trip starts out on the paved nature trail that crosses underneath the highway and into the bottomland forest beyond. The rich alluvial delta of Barnes Creek supports an old-growth stand of grand fir and red cedar where towering progenitors rise above a mix of younger trees.

Just before the walkway reaches a footlog over Barnes Creek, the Storm King Trail breaks away to the left. This narrow path climbs steeply out of the bottomland and onto drier slopes
pocked with sunny openings where bigleaf maples thrive. The trail soon crosses a broad terrace with poorly drained soils that support a lush growth of forest similar to that found in the creek bottoms.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sappho
Distance: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Late May to mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 500 feet
Top Elevation: 2,650 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Maps: USGS Lake Crescent; Custom Correct Lake Crescent-Happy Ridge
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Storm King

Recent Trail Reviews

8/30/2008
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A quick climb to an excellent view overlooking Lake Crescent. The more adventurous can scramble on to the upper peak for even better views.


8/27/2004
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6/12/2000
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No recent report. Deep snow in the high country.



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