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Day tripping to Crescent Lake

 

Photo contributed by Cierra Britton

Crescent Lake

Whether you're a natural adventurer at heart or just in need of an escape from the city, a day trip can be rejuvenating and just what you need to make it through your next Monday. Now that the sun is peeking through our rain clouds I have taken off on a few day trips that I will share with you in a month long series.

Recently on a beautiful day full of sunshine I escaped to Lake Crescent for a day. Driving from Lake Stevens to Lake Crescent will take you around four hours. Plug 'Lake Crescent Lodge' into your GPS and start your trip early. Pack a picnic style lunch for you and your fellow adventurers – there is a beautiful meadow next to the lodge to throw a blanket down and enjoy the view as you munch. If you enjoy photography you will not be disappointed. Even along the way there are turn off points to stop at and take in the mountain views and various lakes and rivers. Once you arrive at Lake Crescent there are even more beauties to behold.

Lake Crescent Lodge is one of these beauties. Built in 1916, this turn of the century lodge is nestled in the woods and sits right off the beach. On May 2nd the lodge publicly opened for the season. The lodge offers guided scenic kayak tours, fishing opportunities, and boat rentals. There are also plenty of places for swimming and relaxing alongside the water. If water activities aren't for you, grab a book or magazine and lounge in the sunshine.

Photo contributed by Cierra Britton

Near Lake Crescent the mandaring river provides an outlet for Lake Crescent.

What makes Lake Crescent so special is the pristine nature of the water. Even at the edge of the dock you can look through the water and see the rocks on the very bottom. If you plan to play in the water bring water socks to protect your feet from the rocks. When I visited during the last week of April the water was very cold, it easily takes your breath away. A maintenance worker for the lodge told me on our hottest days that it is the most refreshing lake to plunge into and cool off. When you're done enjoying the lake, take a walk around the grounds of the lodge. If you listen carefully you can hear rushing water. Nearby, Marymere Falls rests in the woods. It is a short 1.5 mile hike from the lodge and a must see. If you want to stay longer Lake Crescent Lodge does offer a variety of guest rooms and other points of interest including the Olympic National Park, Sol Duc Hot Springs, the Quinalt Rainforest, and various hiking trails. Lake Crescent is very worth the drive. You will not be disappointed by the serenity and adventures that await you.

 

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