Barnes Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,239' 378 m
Descent: -167' -51 m
High: 1,933' 589 m
Low: 839' 256 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 58% (30°)
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“A jaunt through lush undergrowth and old growth along a scenic and remote creek.”— Doug Scott
Once the trail starts, it narrows considerably and works its way through a gorgeous young forest, highlighted by vine leaf maples and alder trees. All along the trail, the sounds of the babbling creek fill your ears, as the scent of the forests of Olympic National Park fill your nostrils. Your eyes might struggle to take in the myriad of greens of the forest, but that is a good thing.
After a little over a mile, the trail passes over Barnes Creek on a nice bridge. Be aware it may be a bit slick, so please watch your step and unbuckle your backpack. Once you cross the footbridge, the trail slowly climbs uphill, weaving through impressive stands of newer Douglas fir trees. Growing increasingly dense each year, this section of the trail is quite pretty, and a great spot for fall mushrooms.
The trail continues to work away from the creek for a bit, before joining it later and eventually meeting the Upper Barnes Creek Trail and Aurora Divide Trail. The Barnes Creek Trail isn't the most scenic trail in Olympic National Park, but since it is so close to Lake Crescent, it is hard to pass up this opportunity to get away from everyone and have a moment alone in the wilderness.
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Local Club: Washington Trails Association
Nov 11, 2019: Pearrygin Lake State Park - Rex Derr Trail
Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park