Day 3 Lake Crescent & Sol Duc Area
Lake Crescent is a crystal clear 12-mile long lake located 17 miles west of Port Angeles on Highway 101. The glacier-carved lake offers swimming, boating and fishing. There are numerous places to get away from it all and to soak in the awesomeness of nature. Marymere Falls is a mostly level one mile hike from Storm King Ranger Station. This walk takes you through the forest of moss covered trees and large ferns. The Pyramid Mt. Trail reached from the North Shore Road offers an excellent view of Lake Crescent, Mt. Storm King and the blue-green slopes of Aurora Ridge. One can also hike along the north side of the lake on the Spruce Railroad Trail (named after the railroad that was there during WWI). The rail was used to haul out spruce to make airplanes for use in the war.
There are numerous places around the lake to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. Dining is available at Lake Crescent Lodge Hotel and Log Cabin Resort Hotel.
Driving west on Highway 101 takes you to the Sol Duc Valley road just west of Lake Crescent. The approximately 12 mile drive winds through the valley. Two areas of interest along the way are the Salmon Cascades and Ancient Forest Trail. The Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Hotel offers dining, a small store & gift shop and three mineral pools and a fresh H2O Pool. Soaking in the hot mineral pools is a great way to relax those sore muscles after hiking all day.
The spectacular Sol Duc Falls are a must see!! The trail head is located a short drive past the resort and camp grounds. Several trails take off from the Sol Duc Falls Trail taking you up into the Seven Lakes Basin.