• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Winter

Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

Distance: 1.8 miles roundtrip. Duration: 1.5 hours. Elevation gain: 167 ft. Spectacular views of rapid rivers. Stellar hike to the waterfall. No necessary hiking gear besides good walking shoes.

Marymere Falls (90 ft.) is located in Olympic National Park, near Lake Crescent. The falls can be accessed by a short, well maintained dirt trail through old-growth lowland forest consisting of fir, cedar, hemlock, and alder trees. The creek descends from Aurora Ridge and tumbles over Marymere Falls, then flows into Barnes Creek. The waterfall is one of the more popular attractions in the area, due to ease of access and proximity to U.S. Highway 101.

This trip can easily be done in an hour and a half, with occasional stops for photo opportunities and some wild gandering. It is best to go in the afternoon after a nice sprinkle, when you can enjoy the pleasant smell of petrichor.

About a half mile from the Storm King Ranger Station, there will be a junction where you will keep left. You will then cross a few bridges and rivers to get to the falls. Once you have crossed the bridges, there will be a slight uphill walk (easy for the whole family) to reach the viewing point of the waterfall.

Pack List

  • Good walking shoes
  • Water
  • Hat
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Photo gear
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This hike provides a spectacular way to get the family out in Olympic National Park. The short hike can be done fairly quickly and it is quite easy with minimal elevation gain. The beginning of the hike passes through beautiful lush forest, although the road runs parallel to the trail for about a quarter mile, so you are reminded that you are not so far into the woods every time a car passes by. The river crossing is very scenic, and would be a good place to set up a hammock and lounge for a bit. The waterfall itself is not the most imposing, but it is very aesthetic and charming. A narrow stream cascades to a ledge about a third of the way down the falls, which expands the flow of water down to the stream. There are viewpoints above and below the falls which are equally nice. I did the hike with my family in the winter and it was very nice, but also very icy so trekking poles and spikes would have been best.

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

This is an awesome short hike to a breathtaking falls! Worth the stop.

6 months ago
6 months ago

If you're a local, this would be a good walk for exploring on a boring Sunday. We drove 2 hours to see the falls and weren't that impressed. I wouldn't suggest driving to see it. There's a lot of people due to the fact that it's a known and posted location. The hike was very very short, I don't know that it could even be considered a hike. It took us less than an hour to walk there, see the falls and hang out by the creeks, and walk back. The waterfall was very pretty, just not worth the drive I don't think.

9 months ago
9 months ago

For such a short hike, this little trail is somewhat of a sampler platter for the Pacific Northwest. Tall Redwoods, icy-blue rivers with tree-log footbridges, endless moss, the enchanting ambiguity to lose yourself in, topped off with the iconic "Rivendell" waterfall at the end. Such a gem of an alternative when it's too foggy to appreciate the full splendor of Mt Storm King. I'd recommend hitting it either early or late in the season to avoid the crowds. The trail is wide and EXTREMELY short and easy, implying the Summer traffic's potential for congestion.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

The hike to the falls is short, sweet and relatively easy. There are two bridges you'll have to cross along with climbing several stairs or ramps. Take caution if there's still packed snow on the ground because the hike to the top of the viewing deck can get pretty slippery! All in all it was a beautiful waterfall and not so crowded near dusk.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Easy hike, great for kids and anyone who doesn't have an issue climbing a few stairs at the end! Would highly recommend doing Storm King along with this hike if you are in good enough shape!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This beautiful and elegant waterfall is a relatively short hike and is right by the Crescent Lake lodge. Easy hike to do before you leave the lodge on checkout day.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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