Take in the natural beauty of this glacially carved lake. The clear waters of Lake Crescent make it an ideal stop through the Olympic Peninsula or a day trip from Port Angeles. Lake Crescent is the perfect stop for anyone, no hiking required to see this beauty.
Lake Crescent is a beauty all on it’s own, but we chose to stop through on our Olympic Peninsula weekend trip. It is a short drive (around 30 minutes) from Port Angeles, so this makes a great stop if you are in the area catching a ferry to Victoria, BC. It is also only a 30 minute drive to see Sol Duc Falls, which I highly recommend.
Grab a Spot
You can see Lake Crescent right from the highway and there are a few stop offs along the way. So if you see a spot make sure and stop off! If you can’t find a spot, just at the edge of Lake Crescent is Lake Crescent Road and Marymere Trailhead, where you can hike to Marymere Falls.
Even if it is a cloudy day make sure to stop! The pictures in this article were taken while it was raining and it was still beautiful. That is one of my favorite parts about the PNW, it can be a cloudy and rainy day but pine trees and water create absolutely beautiful scenery. Especially when the fog rolls in, just reminds me of Goonies, so dreamy!
Linger a Little Longer
Wanting to stay a little longer and enjoy the pristine lake? There are tons of picnic areas and during the summer you can rent rowboats from Lake Crescent Lodge. Campgrounds are also available on the west end along with lodging and log cabin options.
Before You Go
Make sure to check the National Park Services website before you go for more information and closures. If you plan to hike Marymere Falls, another great website is All Trails, they have really great maps and reviews of each hike so you can make sure it is perfect for you!