When I lived in Florida we use to joke how you couldn’t turn around without hitting either a church or a liquor store. There’s a high degree of irony in that statement now that I see it on paper, but I digress. Here in Washington the same could be said for waterfalls, but then some are much more spectacular than others. Marymere is such on fall and it has the advantage of being a short walk from the park’s visitor’s center. Still, proceed with caution and common sense. We just had a hiker go missing in the area. Luckily the story has a happy ending as the hiker was found cold, tired, hungry but alive. Doesn’t always end that way.
Marymere Falls was named in honor of Mary Alice Barnes, sister of Charles Barnes, a member of the Press Expedition and homesteader along the shores of Lake Crescent. The waters of Falls Creek drop nearly 90 feet from a cliff into a small plunge pool near the trail below. Stairs to the right of the falls allow views of the upper segment.
Near the shores of Lake Crescent, depart from the Storm King Ranger Station on a paved path and continue through the old-growth forest for 0.5 miles to a junction.
I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall. – Mike May
At the junction, follow the left path, continuing upstream under a towering green canopy of conifers and maples. Sword ferns and carpets of moss line the wide, well-maintained trail. Shortly beyond the Mount Storm King Trail junction, head right towards Marymere Falls. The trail crosses Barnes Creek and then Falls Creek before ascending 200 feet into the mossy, fern-laden ravine.
Here the trail forms a loop, offering two viewpoints of the 90-foot-high waterfall. The viewpoint on the hillside looks down on the falls, which occur as Falls Creek plunges through a notch in the cliff. The lower platform gives a view directly opposite the base of the falls.