Nestled in the northern foothills of the Olympic Mountains, Lake Crescent lies about 18 miles west of Port Angeles, inside the borders of Olympic National Park. This 624-foot-deep lake carved from glacial ice is known for its brilliant blue-green waters and exceptional clarity – in some places you might see as far down as 60 feet. The lake is home to the Beardslee and Crescenti trout, two types of fish found nowhere else in the world.
The area around Lake Crescent has several hiking trails, some of which climb the surrounding mountains, and others that explore the lowland forests and creeks. The hike to Marymere Falls by way of the Barnes Creek trail is a favorite, as is the Spruce Railroad trail that runs along the north shore. From the Spruce Railroad trail, one can find the entrance to an old railroad tunnel as well as “Devils Punch Bowl”, a popular swimming and diving area.
There are several picnic areas around the lake, with picnic tables, fire pits, and beach access. Boat launches are located at both east and west ends of the lake, and rowboats are available for rental from Lake Crescent Lodge.
Whether you come for the day or plan to stay longer, beautiful Lake Crescent and Olympic National Park exemplify the best of everything Washington state has to offer.
Lake Crescent Access Points:
- Lake Crescent Lodge – 416 Lake Crescent Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98363
- Log Cabin Resort – 3183 E Beach Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98363
- Fairholme Campground – 347 Camp David Jr Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98363