Natural Wonders

Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

This strikingly blue, deep (624 feet) lake sits in the forest 18 miles west of Port Angeles.

This strikingly blue, deep (624 feet) lake sits in the forest 18 miles west of Port Angeles.

Because there’s very little nitrogen in the water, it doesn’t support much phytoplankton, so the water stays very clear; the lake is also home to two subspecies of trout found nowhere else on the planet.

Attractions in the area include Lake Crescent Lodge, East Beach, Log Cabin Resort, Fairholme Campground, and beautiful hiking trails to destinations like Marymere Falls and Mt. Storm King.

Need an Olympic National Park map? Buy the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park map at REI.com. The map includes clearly marked trails and points of interest such as scenic views, campgrounds, trailheads, boat launches, picnic sites, ranger stations and more printed on waterproof, tear-resistant material.