Barnes Creek Trail

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Barnes Creek Trail is a 15.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

15.1 miles
6945 feet
Out & Back




nature trips






wild flowers


no dogs

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.

9 hours ago

The trail was recently cleared so I only had to deal with two snags that had since fallen. The Barnes Creek trail is well used and easy to follow. The Upper Barnes Creek trail begins at the junction with the Aurora Divide Trail. The first creek crossing one tenth of a mile past the junction was fairly easy. Big logs had fallen into the creek so there were several choices. The only problem was that some of the logs required a big step for a person with short legs and a full backpack. The next crossing at Lizard Head Creek had lots of logs that had fallen into the creek but none were suitable for crossing. The rocks proved too slippery to use safely so a ford was in order. The next creek, Happy Lake Creek located at N48° 01.808' W123° 42.359' has a choice of two footlogs. Happy Lake Creek also provides a campsite with room for at least two tents. From Happy Lake Creek the trail continues its upwards climb. Sections of the trail are totally covered with moss and other low growing plants but the trail is easily discernable. The next creek crossing at Barnes Creek located at N48° 01.846' W123° 41.398' has blowdowns which can be used to cross the creek without fording. A trail junction occurs at N48° 01.964' W123° 40.687'. The right fork travels another 400 feet and dead ends at the ridge crest with the view blocked by trees. The left fork continues up the hill to Lookout Dome at N48° 02.035' W123° 40.648'. From the Dome Lake Crescent can be seen through the trees to the west, the Hughes river valley and the Elwha River to the east and Baldy Ridge to the north. At this time of year, water was still seeping out of the ground so several section of Upper Barnes Creek trail were quite muddy. A note regarding AllTrails map – I’m not sure why the red trail indicator goes where it does for Upper Barnes Creek other than that is where Garmin thinks the trail is. The actual trail is the black line to the south of the red line. “Lookout Dome” is not located on Baldy Ridge.

12 days ago

We had planned to only do the short hike to Marymere Falls as it was raining, but it cleared up and we hiked the Barnes Creek trail a ways which as a hidden gem. We really enjoyed this hike (passed 1 person).

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

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.

Friday, April 26, 2013

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.