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Mt. Storm King Trail

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 4.5 (47)

This trail is steep! So steep you'll need to use a rope to get to the top, but it's worth it.


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.9

KM

41%

Runnable

4,508' 1,374 m

High

813' 248 m

Low

3,748' 1,142 m

Up

53' 16 m

Down

24%

Avg Grade (13°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

A few fallen trees to hop over, some rooty/rocky parts, a few mud puddles. Nothing serious, just the usual plus a lot of steepness.

Description

The trailhead is a short trot from the parking lot at the ranger station - you'll see a sign pointing up a steep switchback to your left. Be ready to huff and puff from the start.

Storm King offers classic Olympic Peninsula biome transitions as you run (who are we kidding - walk) up to the summit. Near the lookout (mile 1.25), you'll find a handy rope system to help you get there. The scary scramble to the viewpoint is rewarded by an awe-inspiring view of Lake Crescent. In spite of/because of its difficulty, this is a popular trail. Expect a little company from time to time. The trail from the view point to the peak is very difficult. Many sections do not have rope, are very steep and require climbing.

Contacts

Shared By:

Josh Sutcliffe with improvements by Joshua Ingram

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  4.5 from 47 votes

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Photos

View of Lake Crescent and Pyramid Peak from Storm King Trail.
Jun 4, 2016 near Port An…, WA
First look at Crescent Lake. Almost at the top!  From the Mt. Storm King Trail.
Apr 15, 2015 near Port An…, WA
Junction with the Storm King Trail
Feb 1, 2021 near Port An…, WA
The hike up the mountain along the trail is quite beautiful.
Jun 21, 2017 near Port An…, WA
This is the second of two ropes (in a row).
Jun 21, 2017 near Port An…, WA
Descending Mt. Stormking with Lake Crescent in the background.
Dec 18, 2015 near Port An…, WA

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Sep 28, 2019
Gene Ree
Didn't hit actual summit, lots of exposure 4.5mi — 2h 20m