When visiting Olympic National Park make sure to make time for Lake Crescent. I don’t mean just look out the window as you drive past it on the way to the beach or the Hoh Rainforest. Stop, look at the vibrant view of the water, read the informational signs, hike the trails. This part of the national park is absolutely beautiful and deserves to be enjoyed.
Lake Crescent once once connected to Lake Sutherland but a massive landslide thousands of years ago created two separate lakes. The separation of the lakes created genetically unique fish due to their isolation. The legend says that there were to warring tribes and that the god Storm King got angry with all the fighting. He through down a bolder, killing the warriors, separating the two tribes and creating the two lakes.
Lake Crescent is over 600 feet deep and cold, at least in October. The picture above was taken at the end of the dock next to the shore. The photo below was taken at the end of the water. The lake gets deep fast.
I loved visiting Lake Crescent, it is a beautiful portion of the park. Have you visited Lake Crescent? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments! Have a happy new year!
Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!