Mount Storm King

HARD 258 reviews
#6 of 158 trails in

Mount Storm King is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Port Angeles, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,080 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
18 hours ago

One of the best hikes I’ve been on. The view at the very top was definitely worth the climb. The hike was mostly uphill the whole way with ropes to help you climb the steep edges of the mountain near the top. Coming down from the hike was tough in running shoes due to the steepness and loose ground. We were the only group at the top so got to enjoy the scenic view to ourselves. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
3 days ago

Wow! That was up there with one of the scariest things I have ever done, this hike is not for the faint hearted but the views were spectacular! I only gave it four stars purely because of how scary some of the rope climbs were.

6 days ago

This is a fun hike and if you want a nice view of Lake Crescent and, further in the distance, Canada then definitely do it. I hiked it in a group of 7 people with a few that don’t hike too often and we stayed together just fine. Trail is extremely well maintained but is easy to get to so be prepared to be sharing your spot at the top with a couple other people (not a lot, but probably atleast 2 or 3). Took us about 1.5 hours to get up, stopped for half and hour at the top for lunch and to take in the view, and got down in a little over 45 minutes. Again, the trail is really well maintained so if you like going down hill jogging/running this is a good trail for it as visibility is completely clear and there was nothing blocking the trail at any point.
As many others suggested here, if you want a nice cool down after getting to the bottom, if you turn left instead of right to head back towards the lake you can meander over to the waterfall which is a completely flat “trail” with a couple nice bridges.
Overall would recommend. Not an astounding view but it was beautiful and made for a good morning. Kids could probably do it if they are used to hiking but it is a lot of switchbacks so they might tire out easy, especially in the heat.

8 days ago

This is awesome trail with excellent view. I agree with all the post that last portion with rope helps on step slippery slop but it's not that difficult. while coming down it was easier i position as if I am going up it helped.
View of lake and mountains was gorgeous, I did first thing in the morning as sun was coming up it lighten up the view.
I would definitely recommend this trail and would do it aging.

hiking
18 days ago

We hiked Mount Storm King while on vacation in Washington last week. We are new to hiking but are in good shape and we made it to the top. While extremely challenging physically we did not find it technically hard. It was an awesome trail and we would do it all over again for the AMAZING views!

hiking
21 days ago

This was an amazing trail...but the end was a bit scary! Thank goodness we ran into Mira and Ben at the top, since they talked us through the ropes on the way down. We couldn’t have done it without these amazing hikers. If you are adventurous, and experienced, this hike is for you. If not, proceed with caution, It’s a tough one!

hiking
22 days ago

Awesome hike with a great view. To get to the viewpoint that everyone takes pictures its not bad at all - the ropes helped in a lot of the slippery/steep places.

The trail to the true summit however should be approached with a lot of caution (after the rope area if you go right instead of left to the viewpoint). There is a small amount of rope assisting the climb and a chain at the very top that helps you get up. However a large portion of the rope (which was really like thick para cord) near the top of the summit has snapped off, leaving a lot of the most sketchy part exposed. I would say that its class 3 - 4 climbing at the very top so do not attempt it unless you feel very comfortable climbing up/down that. I uploaded a photo of the last part of the trail up to the summit;

23 days ago

I agree to some that it's not all that bad, we only took a couple breaks and were in decent shape. Took us an 1.5 hours to get up and 1 hour to get down. Very well maintained trial except when you pass the sign when it stops. The ropes were pretty scary, just cause one slip you can go over the edge and the ropes are skinny. Some people said bring gloves which we didnt..but BRING GLOVES.
Great views but would I do it again? Probably not, there's other great hikes with great views without climbing ropes by the edge and possibly dying.

hiking
23 days ago

Although the alltrails says this hike is hard, it really isn't that bad. There is a well maintained trail most of the way up. the last leg of the trail to the peak lookout is a sections of loose dirt/rock with ropes you have to partially pull yourself up with. The view at the top is beautiful. You get a full view of lake Cresent in front and behind is you is the mountains.

23 days ago

steady climb up, great work out for your quads! Go on a clear day and you will see Vancouver Island, the Strait of Juan De Fuca and of course all of Lake Crescent. If you want to get all the way to top safely wear shoes with very good traction. The 5 rope assists on the last few hundred feet of trail were also huge help on a very slippery and steep terrain.

1 month ago

You will love the view

1 month ago

Well worth the effort. Thank goodness for the ropes.

1 month ago

Bring gloves for the ropes!!! You will thank me later ;)

hiking
1 month ago

Just don’t forget your gloves! poles can also be helpful on the way back reducing the stress on your knees, enjoy the view!

1 month ago

Steep and a challenge for those like me with a fear of heights. Totally worth it for view at top. Beautiful hike and views.

1 month ago

A beautiful hike, quite challenging but loved climbing the ropes to the very top, definitely worth continuing after the “end of maintained trail” sign.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, gorgeous views up on the top. The ropes can get a bit challenging.

hiking
1 month ago

To find the trail head, take the Marymere Falls trail and there should be a sign about a quarter to a half mile in on your left. This was a really awesome trail, very steep, but completely do-able with some water breaks as you head up. You'll hit a section with a sign that says it's the end of the maintained trail, after that the trail is still easy to follow, it's just a little bit more sketchy. There are multiple sections where ropes have been placed to assist you in your ascent/ decent. They're quite thin, but definitely help. However, you should be comfortable with having to do that before you start your hike. The view at the top made the difficult climb 100% worth it. I recommend stopping at lake crescent on your way out for a reward swim afterwards!

2 months ago

Steep but the view was worth it! Love the ropes and cliffs near the top

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike, incredible views, very, very steep.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike! Beautiful view

2 months ago

Steep incline from beginning to end but well worth it. The view is absolutely breathtaking!

hiking
2 months ago

The views are amazing from a couple of spots. The trail itself is hard and steep.

It’s a very popular hike during holidays and sometimes weekends.

hiking
2 months ago

Arrived at 0930 on Monday to see very few other hikers! Once you take the turn at the big rock for the trail your hike (climb) truly begins! Trail was in good condition and glad to find a hike I love with no snow!

For my average condition it was a brutal climb & descent. The ropes weren't too bad but the second one is definitely the sketchy section! More so on the descent. The incredible views were worth it & we spent about 45 minutes on top undisturbed before heading back down!

hiking
3 months ago

Incredible views! Not too long, but the grade definitely makes it challenging. I carried my son up in a carrier backpack so it is by no means unbearably difficult. It’s worth planning ahead and going on a clear day.

hiking
3 months ago

Stunning views and one heck of a workout! Don't let the distance fool you, this trail makes you earn that view. Last section with the ropes was more disconcerting than I thought it would be. An element of danger present for sure. As others have said, bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes. Both will be needed.

hiking
3 months ago

The view is definitely worth it! Bring lots of water and wear proper shoes. There’s a lot of loose dirt and rocks, which makes the descent almost as difficult as the ascent. Once you finish the ropes section, the view is off to your left. Don’t continue the trail to the right unless you’re a serious rock climber (with your own ropes and gear).

3 months ago

Challenging and beautiful views for sure!

3 months ago

Fun

backpacking
3 months ago

awesome work out!!! A little sketchy at the ropes...but the view is so worth It! Go Slow and watch your step... bring enough water!

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