Lakeside Retreat in the Heart of the Olympics

A quiet lakeside retreat that is the perfect base camp to experience all that Olympic National Park has to offer. The first night we arrive to a clear sky full of stars, and after taking it all in from the cabin dock, we settled into the relaxing and cozy bedroom.

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.
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Things We Did

  • Hike
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    Hike Mount Storm King
    Hike to an incredible view of Lake Crescent via the Mount Storm King trail. The hike starts from the Storm King Ranger Station next to Lake Crescent. Follow the trail under Hwy 101 towards Marymere Falls, turning left about halfway through the hike up a trail with signage for Mnt. Storm King.

    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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      Surfing At Salt Creek Recreation Area
      If the tide is right, Salt Creek Recreation Area provides fun easy surf on the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Only 30 mins from Port Angeles Salt Creek has beachside camping and hiking trails as well....

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