After hiking on Hurricane Ridge at the Olympic National Park, Washington, we drove to Lake Crescent on the northeast border of the park (the lake is approximately 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Port Angeles, Washington. It is the second deepest lake in Washington, at an official depth of 624 feet (190 meters) — informal soundings have been recorded at more than 1,00 feet (300 meters). We had an outstanding catered picnic lunch at lakeside before setting off to hike the Barnes Trail to Marymere Falls (1.8 miles / 2.9 kilometers one-way) through an old-growth lowland forest consisting of fir, cedar, hemlock, and alder trees. Marymere Falls is 90 feet (27 meters) tall and flows into Barnes Creek.
The Olympic Peninsula contains coast, forest and mountain ecosystems that combine to create a spectacular wilderness area. The Olympic Peninsula is home to eight Native American tribes that developed complex hunter-gatherer societies and continue to keep their traditions alive. European explorers who ventured here in the late 1700s heralded the way for homesteaders. The Olympics were set aside as a national monument in 1909 and further protected as Olympic National Park in 1938. Today the park is internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, testimony to the rich resources of the region.
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