Olympic National Park provides plenty of places where you can enjoy a spooky walk through the woods. The path to Marymere Falls, near Lake Crescent, is one such place, provided the rainy mist is perfectly balanced with a little sunlight.
Folks in the Pacific Northwest have a very low-tech way to build a foot bridge. They simply cut down a tree, let it fall across the creek, flatten one side of the log, and add a railing.
While the vegetation in this part of Olympic National Park isn’t quite as thick as what you’ll find in the rain forests on the west side of the mountains, there’s still plenty of green everywhere, and moss hanging from almost every tree.
As you approach the falls, the trail climbs steeply, and hugs the hillside.
After more than a mile of hiking, this is your reward: the delicate 90 foot cascade of Marymere Falls. I had to take two pictures, and stitch them together, just so you could see the entire falls.
This is another one of those great, creepy scenes you’ll likely encounter, either on this path, or at some point during your Olympic Peninsula trip.
Note: This trip was first published in 2004.