Lake Crescent

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With brilliant blue waters for boating, alpine scenery and abundant hiking trails, this glacial lake is the perfect wilderness escape.

With its sparkling blue water and pine-clad hillsides, Lake Crescent is one of Olympic National Park’s most popular scenic destinations. Breathe in the fresh air, walk among the pines and toast marshmallows by the campfire. You’ll find plenty of serenity in this pristine wilderness area.

Lake Crescent is a deepwater, glacially carved lake that plummets to an official maximum depth of 624 feet (190 meters), though some depth measurements put it far deeper than this. Either way, the depth and elevation mean the water remains cold year-round, so boating is the preferred water pastime.

Rent a rowboat from Lake Crescent Lodge and set off from one of the boat launches located at either end of the lake. Glide over the water and marvel at its clarity and the reflections in its mirror-like surface.

Once you’re back on dry land, explore the surrounding area on foot. Choose one of several different day hikes around Lake Crescent. These range from a short 0.6-mile (1-kilometer) loop with no elevation gain, to a more challenging one-way 7.5-mile (12-kilometer) hike that has an elevation gain of 4,200 feet (1,280 meters).

Set off on the 0.8-mile (1.3-kilometer) trail from the Storm King Visitor Center to Marymere Falls for a relatively easy hike. Walk through the old-growth forest until you reach the cascading falls, which are 90 feet (27 meters) high. The falls are accessible to disabled persons, with some assistance.

There is much to see at Lake Crescent. If you want to cover several of the nearby trails, you’ll need to stay for a few days. Camp at the Fairholme Campground at the western end of the lake. During summer, accommodation is also available at Lake Crescent Lodge or the Log Cabin Resort.

Lake Crescent is about 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of Port Angeles. The Olympic Peninsula’s scenic highway passes right by the lake, giving easy access.

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Lord Carlton Country Manor House
Lord Carlton Country Manor House
3 out of 5
528 Farrington Rd, Port Angeles, WA
The price is $99 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Crescent Beach, Lake Crescent, and Olympic National Forest. Salt Creek Recreation ...
3.4/5 (29 reviews)
"This place was meticulous clean inside and had a very comfortable bed in a quiet and beautiful part of Washington State. However, my check-in process was a nightmare, as the hosts didn't have my reservation on their books until I dug through my email and found the receipt and confirmation to show ..."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018

Lord Carlton Country Manor House
Lake Crescent Lodge
Lake Crescent Lodge
2.5 out of 5
Lake Crescent Road, 416, Port Angeles, WA
Situated in Port Angeles, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Barnes Creek Trailhead, Storm King Ranger Station, and Lake Crescent. Marymere Falls is 0.9 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Absolutely gorgeous....excellent service.
"The location of Lake Crescent is fantastic......the lake,the tropical like forest, the mountains, the inn, the dinner menu are all five star....did not want to leave."

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2011

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Jasper Inn Beach Cabin
Jasper Inn Beach Cabin
Port Angeles, WA
The price is $179 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Nestled on the beach, this Port Angeles cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Crescent Beach, Lake Crescent, and Salt Creek Recreation Area. Lake Sutherland and Olympic ...
5/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
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"It is bliss to wake up to the sound of waves, to take your coffee with seagulls overhead, to feel all refreshed, and hours later, to fall asleep to the same sounds after an amazing day on the Olympic Peninsula. Thank you, Whiskey Creek! We'll be back again next year."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

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Lord Carlton Country Manor House
Lord Carlton Country Manor House
3 out of 5
528 Farrington Rd, Port Angeles, WA
The price is $99 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
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Lake Crescent Lodge
2.5 out of 5
Lake Crescent Road, 416, Port Angeles, WA
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Port Angeles, WA
The price is $179 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Adorable Lake Hideaway W/Free WiFi, Spacious Deck, Lake Views, & Shared Dock
Port Angeles, WA
Adorable Lake Hideaway W/Free WiFi, Spacious Deck, Lake Views, & Shared Dock
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The "Cozy Cabin" at Lake Sutherland
Port Angeles, WA
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Lake Sutherland Chalet Style Tiny House
Port Angeles, WA
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✿Olympic Guesthouse - Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom House Near Lake Crescent✿
✿Olympic Guesthouse - Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom House Near Lake Crescent✿
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✿Olympic Guesthouse - Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom House Near Lake Crescent✿
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Snug Harbor at Lake Sutherland-Cabin #2
Port Angeles, WA
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