I made my first, major trek for the summer months this past week in the Olympic National Park forest area, near Crescent Lake. This is a very favorite area of mine. I had previously thought about visiting the Hoh Rain Forest, but decided not to, since it is a long, 4 hour drive from me. The shorter, 2 hour drive is more suited to me, and the old-growth forests are just as spectacular with their giant conifers and moss covered branches. There are plenty of hiking trails throughout this wonderful, peaceful area. With all honesty, if you want a spiritual retreat of sorts, come to these forests. Connect with yourself and connect with the giants of mother nature.
One of the more popular hiking trails is the the one that takes you to Marymere Falls. There are a couple of starting areas for this trail: one being from the Crescent Lake Lodge and the other from the Storm King Ranger Station. I opted for the one from the lodge; it is a 3 mile round trip. The trail is pretty level most of the way and is easy, except for the last section past the split-log bridge. From there it is all uphill with lots of steep stairs, and I mean steep! I do not recommend it for those with limited physical capabilities. A good pair of trekking poles will help anyone, though. I can tell you that I probably will not attempt that part of the trail anymore. It’s a bit too much for me.
Experience it for yourself!
© Peggy A Thompson