Barnes Creek Trail is a 17.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length17.4 miElevation gain4,327 ftRoute typeOut & back
CampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Getting There

Olympic National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Port Angeles: Drive 20 miles west on Highway 101 to the Storm King Information Center. Follow the nature trail southward along Barnes Creek, under the highway, to a fork. Follow the Storm King Trail left at this split.

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Brandon Kelone
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I’m really surprised to see how few reviews there are for this particular trail. There are obviously a lot more hikers who walk out to the falls or to StormKing, but for those who are willing to go beyond these two points, it’s worth your time. We (party of 2) hiked the 9.3 miles (one way) to the trail terminus point. Most of the trail followed creeks and was solidly tucked away in the forest. A lot of green, but not a lot else. At the very summit however, we were treated to an amazing view looking out to the east. The first couple miles of the trail are fairly flat, the second third of the trail is a steady, fairly mellow incline, and the very end of the trail gets a bit steeper, but it’s nothing all that bad. Totally worth the view at the end. Do not be fooled by the false summit at the saddle about .3 miles before the end of the trail. That is actually more well trodden right now, but it leads to nowhere. You want to cut up to the left (look for the “Lookout” sign on the left), and you’ll see why you climbed all that way up. Really pretty views, but watch your step or you will die. We did not see any whales on this hike.

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TIM BELL
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We enjoyed the this trail. Quite a few blowdowns and some places along the trail were pretty narrow and with all the rain recently it was obvious some of the trail was washed away. If you have fear of heights these places could be a little challenging....mountain slope on one side and pretty steep inclined slope down to the creek.. Otherwise it's a good hike.

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Nivaun Rahne
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I can't say this was my favorite trail but it did kick off my 43 days in the Olympics as I left Lake Crescent. It was much steeper and felt longer than I had anticipated.

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Lee Edgemon
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Clifford Jones
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Lisa Lundy
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Catie Schmidt
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Robert Ceja
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Michael Waring
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Maia Lowe
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Brian Fitzpatrick
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Lee Edgemon
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Leslie Stephenson
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Myra Chambers
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Ernie Saylor
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River Bower
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