“Climb to the summit of an old WWII lookout, high above one of Washington's most stunning lakes.”
— Doug Scott
Birding · Lake · Spring · Views · Wildflowers
May be seasonally closed due to conditions.
Unless you are in amazing shape, trail running this path is out of the question. The elevation gain and the slide area make this a hiker dominant path. If you do run it, watch for loose rocks, downfall, and roots. Do not run the slide section.
Prone to washouts and closures, the stunning run up to Pyramid Peak affords you incredible views of the always impressive Lake Crescent. Pyramid Mountain, also called Pyramid Peak, was once a WWII lookout tower. Now, the mountain is best known for epic views and burning legs from the steep ascent. This isn't a trail for everyone, and the elevation gain combined with crossing the slide area near the summit is enough to force many to turn around before the summit. Only attempt this route in good weather, unless you are used to the loose terrain and rough trails of Olympic National Park.
The trail gets more gorgeous with each passing mile, with the first mile being the least pretty. That isn't a slam on the first section of the trail, but a testament to the beauty awaiting visitors during the final mile and a half. With larger trees all around, the path crosses a creek at about a mile and a half and then starts to steeply rise. Past the creek, you'll reach a slide area that has undergone a lot of work by numerous trail crews. The rote used to be incredibly narrow and sketchy, but is now slightly easier for those used to some exposure on trails.
Past the slide area, there are a few switchbacks waiting before you crest the final ridge and are rewarded with the impressive view of Lake Crescent and the Northern Olympic Peninsula. Take in the views from the location of the old WWII aircraft lookout station and enjoy the splendor and beauty of the state of Washington's second deepest lake.
Flora & Fauna
Old growth forests, awesome madrona and salal are commonly seen. Animal wise, you might catch glimpse of a few deer, but eagles and hawks are much more common.