We carved out a day of our vacation to take the tour to Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls while spending a week in Vancouver. Being from Florida, mountains are foreign to me...
Our guide, Jessie, was waiting for us at the dock after we got off the MV Coho from Victoria. From there we were shuttled up to the lake while enjoying the scenic drive with Jessie answering all of our questions about what we saw around us.
Once we arrived, we took some time to enjoy the view of the lake before spending 30 minutes eating lunch at the Lake Crescent Lodge. I'd recommend eating beforehand or bringing a packed lunch to maximize your time, but the food was good.
After lunch, we embarked on the trail up to Marymere Falls. As we went, Jessie answered all of our questions, gave us a bit of a history and geographical lesson, and offered additional nuggets of information as we passed interesting flora and fauna. The majority of the trail is next to a creek and there are plenty of places to stop and take in the sights and to snap some photographs. Jessie was more than willing to snap a picture of us under the falls and wherever else we requested. The trail was easy enough for two flatlanders.
We spent around 2-2.5 hours on the trail to and from the falls before enjoying the final hour at the lake. We decided to get our feet wet in the crystal clear water before walking another trail back to the lodge and eventually heading back to the port.
My wife and I were lucky to be the only two on the tour for the day, but they can accommodate up to ten. I would absolutely recommend the Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls tour as it's the closest to Port Angeles and gives you the most time to enjoy the scenario at your own pace.
The best recommendation I can give is that it took us 7.5 hours of public transportation to get to Port Angeles from downtown Vancouver and another 7.5 hours back, but it was worth the trek - thanks to our guide and the sights themselves.
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