Summer days spent at Lake Crescent rentals are filled with activities from relaxing on serene shorelines to adventurous mountain exploration. Glacially-carved lakes are nestled against the backdrop of the majestic Olympic Mountains. The hallmark of the Olympic National Park and Forest is its diverse eco-system ranging from lowland lakes to dense rain forests to saltwater beaches.
1. Lake Crescent
The crystalline, frigid water of this 5,127-acre glacial lake offer some of the finest rainbow trout fishing in Washington. One-of-a-kind trout species native to the area are Beardsley and Cresenti, which can be fished using catch-and-release regulations. With depths plummeting to 624 feet in spots, visibility of up to 60 feet is not uncommon. Hike through old growth forest to the spectacular 90-foot cascade of Marymere Falls or bike along the Spruce Railroad trail, hugging the lake's northern shore.
2. Sol Duc Recreation Area
During late summer, a stroll around the six-mile, round-trip Lover's Lane loop trail offers glimpses of salmon as they swim upstream to spawning grounds on Sol Duc River. Discover flora and fauna of lush rain forest as you ascend switchback trails to reach Mink Lake or enjoy a casual walk on the self-guided Ancient Groves trail. A must-see is the Sol Duc Falls that, depending on the river's volume, splits into two to four sections. Cascades hurtle 25 feet off the cliff to a narrow canyon before plunging another 10 feet to a deep, azure pool. After your hike, rejuvenate your spirit and the souls of your feet by soaking in the soothing warmth of mineral hot springs. Three pools, ranging between three- to six-feet deep, provide temperatures of 99 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing you a comfortable choice.
3. Hoh Rain Forest
Hoh River Forest is the crowning jewel of the Olympic National Forest. The well-marked trail system, accessed from the Storm King Ranger station at Lake Crescent, courses through moss-draped, ancient Sitka spruce. A hike during early summer frequently provides glimpses of Roosevelt elk and black bear.
4. Kalaloch Beach
Wild coastline extends for 73 miles along the Pacific Ocean at the Olympic National Park. Kalaloch Beach offers seasonal clam digging and crabbing for family fun or cast a line for surf fishing. At the low tide line the park ends and becomes the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, where you can explore tide pools that collect in rocky crags and sandy, intertidal areas. Harbor seals and sea otters are commonly sighted playing in the open waters just off shore. Seven trails lead to the beach from Highway 101 with scenic viewpoints located at Ruby Beach and trails at beach 1, 4 and 6.
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