Mount Storm King

Sappho, Washington 98305

Mount Storm King

Mount Storm King Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Mount Storm King Professional Reviews and Guides

"Huff and puff up a short, steep trail to an eagle’s-eye view of deep-blue Lake Crescent, one of the Olympic Peninsula’s most famous landmarks. Despite its difficulty, this trail is popular due to its proximity to the Marymere Falls Nature Trail. Aside from knocking the wind out-of-shape hikers, this trail can be dangerous because of its exposed ledges. Keep an eye on children and avoid this trip during bad weather.

The hike can be quite hot during the summer. Get an early start, or consider Storm King as an evening enticement. Dogs are prohibited."

Mount Storm King Reviews

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8/30/2008
A quick climb to an excellent view overlooking Lake Crescent. The more adventurous can scramble on to the upper peak for even better views.
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8/27/2004
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6/12/2000
No recent report. Deep snow in the high country.
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Trail Information

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

Activity Feed

Oct 2018