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Mt. Storm King Hike-Olympic National Park

If you're looking for views of beautiful Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Park then Mount Storm King might by your hike. It's a 4-mile round trip but with a hefty 2065 FT of elevation gain! This hike is better suited for older kids or experienced littler hikers! Read on to find out about this adventurous hike and why bagging this peak might be better suited for older kids. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Mt. Storm is a beautiful spot for getting the most amazing views of Cresent Lake. That being said, it's hard work getting to the summit. Luckily there are several spots that you can gain fantastic views of the lake and surrounding landscape without going all the way to the top. We recommend checking out this hike, even if you don't want to summit ( and if you have small children, it's probably better to avoid going to the summit until they are older and more experienced) .


Towards the top, the trail gets really steep with very limited tread. This isn't suited for younger children as you'll need to hang on to ropes to get yourself to the summit and the ropes are very close to the edge of the mountain. Certainly not for the faint of heart and inexperienced hiking families with small children.


The feedback we've received from families who have completed this hike is that the ropes are challenging and dangerous if you are not sure what you're doing. Therefore it's best to check out Lake Cresent from one of the lower outcroppings, the views are still stunning but you can avoid the steep summit and ropes.




PROS

  • Really well maintained trail

  • Epic views

  • Beautiful landscape surrounding the trail

  • Wildlife viewing opportunities

  • Beautiful spots for nature photography


Cons


  • Ropes at the summit are hard to navigate

  • Very challenging terrain towards the summit with slippery tread.

  • Challenging elevation gain ( which makes it difficult for smaller kids)


Resources:


  • https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-storm-king

  • https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/mount-storm-king

  • https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/mount-storm-king-trail.htm




Other kid friendly Olympic National Park Reviews:

  • https://www.pnwkids.co/blog/lake-quinault

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