Lakeside Retreat in the Heart of the Olympics
The sunrise gave way to a beautiful low fog on the surface of the lake, slowly burning off to reveal a view of the surrounding mountains. For the day we headed out to enjoy Salt Creek Recreational Area, only a 30 min drive away. After that, we made our way to Lake Cresent for a short but gruelling hike to Mount Storm King for sunset.
The lake house was the perfect place to rest our legs from a day full of adventure. The next morning consisted of coffee on the deck and a paddle around the lake with the kayaks (provided for us by the host!). I can't think of a better place to spend a weekend to enjoy the mountains, lake, and beaches of the Olympic Pennisula....
Things We Did
The hike is 5.3 miles RT with 2,076 ft of elevation gain, but well worth the effort. The final push to the summit does require some scrambling and the use of ropes that are already in place on the hike. Enjoy the view from the peak for sunset and head back down with a headlamp for the best adventure....
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