Hike Mount Storm King in Olympic NP

Port Angeles, Washington

4.7/5
based on 15 reviews

Details

Distance

3.91 miles

Elevation Gain

2251 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Jason Horstman

If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, this is your hike. With a short and steep trail that offers sweeping views of Lake Crescent and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this hike won't disappoint.

The trailhead is located right next to the Storm King ranger station adjacent to Lake Crescent right off Hwy 101 just past Port Angeles if heading West.

It shares the same trail as, and breaks off left from the Marymere Falls trail (also worth seeing) about a quarter mile in (look for signage). From there, the path wastes no time heading straight up for almost the entire way. The trail itself is very distinguishable and one need not worry about getting lost. After countless switches, you'll come to viewpoint that offers partial views of Crescent Lake. At this point, you are getting very close to the top. After continuing on, you cross over a ridge that brings you to a series of ropes which you'll use to ascend to the top. After 4-5 sections of rope (the first of which seemed to be the most daunting), you make a short scramble to the top, where you'll be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views. Take time to eat some snacks and refuel before heading down, as you'll need as much energy as possible to descend back down the ropes and steep switchbacks.

Pro tip: for some great after-hike brews and food, head to Next Door Gastropub in Port Angeles.

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Reviews

Mount Storm King is a relatively short, yet incredibly steep hike. You are rewarded with spectacular views at the top, so be sure that you use the ropes to help you reach the summit views.

This one runs your calves thin on the way up and kills your knees on the way down but it is so worth it on a clear day. It is arguably the most beautiful view in the Olympic Peninsula.

100% recommend this hike. Be prepared for your legs to get a killer workout though! The view at the top is absolutely stunning!

This trail was a beast. Luckily it's not very long but everything you hear about the steep incline is true. It's well worth the view once you get to the top

The hike has countless switchbacks with steep elevation gain right off the bat. The view at the top is oh so worth it! Once you rrach the ropes, youre incredibly close to the top. I suggest some highly grippy shoes just for the ropes section, and some gloves as well because those things are quite dirty. I wouldnt suggest this hike when snow has fallen. The trail off shoots from the waterfall trail. Dont pass up seeing the waterfall at the bottom. In my opinon, knock the waterfall off first because you will DEFINITELY be tired once you come down.

It’s a tough hike, but it’s absolutely worth it. Done it three times, and it’s still a messy ending- the scramble with the ropes (if there are any- not always the case), can be hairy, but once you pass the scramble, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Do not be fooled. This is a strenuous uphill hike. It seems like it is going to be short based on the mileage but it is uphill at a 30 degree angle the whole way. Once you get 90% there, you think you are done. Then you have to hold onto very thin ropes as you crawl up the dry dirt. Think you are done? Nope. The final ascent is all a scramble once you've reached the summit. The final challenge is the hardest while you're on the top: Bees. Try to swat away as dozens of bees attempt to sting you as you are taking in the views. I'm sure any other time of year would be great, but the dry season of August is not the time to come here! :)

Amazing & challenging hike from the jump ! Be sure to arrive early in the am for a cool hike on the way up, once the sun comes out it’s brutal! Use the ropes that are provided, it’s worth it at the top ! Be careful & have fun !

Loved this hike! Great day hike, pretty strenuous on the way up, but so beautiful up top. The view is ten times better if you climb up to the top using the ropes, you can see out over Lake Crescent and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Just be careful on the ropes and you should be fine!

The rope was NOT there when I hiked it (today 5/4/17). I didn't read the trail guide (an unusual move for me) so I was not aware you needed a rope to get to the summit. I attempted to hike up the rope section (assuming it was the trail) only to have my shoes slide out from under me. I grabbed onto a root and slowly found my way back down to the official trail. It was the scariest hiking experience I've had. DO NOT attempt to hike this section when the rope is removed. One slip and off the side of the mountain you go. Besides the above it's a beautiful and strenuous hike.

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