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Test Your Skills on a Sunset Hike to Olympic NP's Mt. Storm King

One of the best views in Washington to watch the sun disappear.

By: Garrett Schmidt + Save to a List

The hike for Mt. Storm King can be found here. This hike is truly amazing and no walk in the park. If you tried this hike at all right after the winter season then you know that it was quite tricky. Well, there were no ropes. So that added some much needed danger to this hike (sarcasm).  

Now that Summer is upon on us the ropes have been added back. The top 200' of this hike is really sketchy, even with the ropes. Just trust your feet and you will make it. If you turn around you will kick yourself later. The views are insane. You get a bird's eye view of Lake Crescent. It's getting warmer here in Washington now, so that lake will be your friend after your thighs are burning having climbed 2000'. The hike will take you about two hours up so plan accordingly to the sun set. Bring a headlamp. Not much fun without it. Wouldn't know from experience. I always come prepared....

Now you have made it to the top because you didn't turn around, right? Just kick it and relax. Breathe it all in, you deserve this. Heck bring a beer if you want. Please bring water. It's pretty dang hot at the top on a clear day and if you are trying to catch sunset there then you need to pick a clear day. Also try to do this during the week. Everyone and their mother will be up there on the weekend. 

*Pro tip. Download the photopills app. It'll show you the direct path of the sun and where it will set. So you can get your camera all ready to go!

If you can't make it up the mountain, do not force yourself just because some guy behind the computer says so. Know your limits. I am just giving you motivation to go. Don't make this your last climb ever because you pushed outside your ability. 

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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