Waterfalls galore Melting snow and abundant rainfall make the Olympic Peninsula a waterfall lover’s paradise during the late spring and early summer months. As snow begins to melt high in the Olympic Mountains waterfall enthusiasts hit area trails to view rushing water at a variety of easy-to-reach destinations. There’s even an Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail to help visitors learn about and explore falls within the region. The trail is diverse and includes paved, wheelchair-accessible pathways, U.S. Forest Service roads, backcountry hikes and, in a few cases, requires a kayak or boat. An Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail brochure is available to download at olympicpeninsulawaterfalltrail.com or you can phone 800-942-4042 or email info@ OlympicPeninsula.org to receive a copy. If you only have time to explore a few falls, there are three easy-to-reach falls that never disappoint. Marymere Falls The 1.8-mile roundtrip trail to Marymere Falls leads hikers through some of Olympic National Park’s most pristine environment, weaving through old-growth forest. To reach the falls, take U.S. Highway 101 west from Port Angeles to the Storm King Ranger Station on Lake Crescent. The trailhead begins as a paved walkway that runs alongside the ranger station, a re-creation of the original station built in the early 1900s. You’ll see a nice view of the north side of the lake before wandering inland toward the falls. For about the first three-quarters of a mile of the trail, wheelchairs may be used with assistance.
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