Storm King Ranger Station, Forks
The Storm King Ranger Station, also known as the Storm King Guard Station and Morgenroth Cabin, is a historic building located southeast of Barnes Point, on south shore of Lake Crescent, about 17mile southwest of Port Angeles, Washington. The ranger station is part of the Olympic National Park. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.Plan your Storm King Ranger Station visit and explore what else you can see and do in Forks using our Forks online trip maker .
The building was remodeled in 1937 and in 1979 the east wall and chimney were destroyed when a tractor loader broke loose and hit the building. In 1984 the building was relocated a short distance away from the Olympic Highway (SR-101) and the shore of Lake Crescent, and extensive deterioration was found in many of the exterior logs which were completely restored.
The building is significant also for its connection with Chris Morgenroth, an early Bogachiel River settler and one of the first Forest Service Rangers in Olympic Peninsula, who became district ranger of the Olympic National Forest and an advocate for the creation of the Olympic National Park.
Storm King Ranger Station Reviews
Traveling to find hidden gems of Olympic Peninsula and stop by ranger station. Good place to take trial, to see waterfall and to rest. There is good free parking and restroom and seats and good comfor... more »
This is a great place to take a break driving through the Olympic Rain Forest, take a long or short hike, walk down to the lake and breath in the cool, clean fresh air. Beautifully situated on Crescen... more »
Lake Crescent is beautiful and tranquil and absolutely should not be missed. Both lodges (on both sides of the lake) offer kayak/boat rentals and the water is so clear how could you resist? My issues lie with the way this particular location seems to be managed. The ranger station appears to have been closed since December 2017, so there is no one to answer questions regarding... Anything. There are no trail maps in the map holder located at the main trail head. There is a large map of the entire park with brief descriptions about each area, but there is no large map for THIS particular area. We were interested in reaching the viewpoint at Storm King mountain, but there was no information about how far or how difficult the hike might be, and with zero cell service we couldn't exactly look it up. Someone had carved "2.1 M" into the trail head sign, but we quickly learned that was inaccurate after asking other hikers along the way. The trail is steep and definitely not for beginners. We wound up turning back which was incredibly discouraging since we felt like our time could've been better spent had there been specific trail maps, or even distance markers along the hiking trail to show progress. On top of all this, the park is doing road construction on the way, taking the road down to one lane and holding traffic. This was the day after Memorial Day and there were tourists everywhere. So it was super slow getting into the visitor area at Lake Crescent. When we were ready to leave, we were forced to loop around and get in a line of cars to wait until it was clear for us to exit the area because of said road construction. Go to Lake Crescent, but be aware you're on your own for any mountaineering you may have planned.
If I remember right, built 1905 for forest service, hit by grader from hwy. in '79 and relocated.
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