HIKING BARNES CREEK TRAIL Olympic National Park, Washington

Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller

Date: July 1, 2022

This narrow trail slowly climbed up Aurora Ridge through a thick old growth forest with lots of ferns, greenery and wildflowers. Parallel to most of the winding trail was Barnes Creek to the right. The trail climbed about 700 feet. I got winded a couple of times and had short breaks. After about 1.75 miles we crossed a wooden bridge over Barnes Creek. It was made from a tree and had just one handrail. The trial continued to gain altitude and would eventually come near the peak of Mt. Storm King at 4,534 feet. We hiked another quarter mile past the bridge, saw some squirrels and heard marmots whistling in the woods. We turned around to hike back. The gentle rush of the creek was refreshing as we descended the 2 miles back down the trail. We then hiked another half mile to the Lake Crescent Lodge where we ate are brownbag lunch while overlooking the lake. 

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