Staircase Rapids

Hoodsport, Washington

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Stand in awe watching the swift-moving waters of the North Fork Skokomish River barrel and thunder over a series of cascades. A great hike anytime of year, Staircase Rapids is especially impressive during the spring runoff. Hikers of all ages will be delighted on this easy and captivating hike. The main trail gently climbs, soon coming to the riverbank. March alongside the frothy river, passing big boulders and a series of roaring rapids. National park entrance fee. Dogs prohibited. Staircase access road closed in winter—park at picnic area and hike 1 mile up road or hike 0.8 mile on Shady Lane Trail.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Stand in awe watching the swift-moving waters of the North Fork Skokomish River barrel and thunder over a series of cascades. A great hike anytime of year, Staircase Rapids is especially impressive during the spring runoff. Hikers of all ages will be delighted on this easy and captivating hike.

The main trail gently climbs, soon coming to the riverbank. March alongside the frothy river, passing big boulders and a series of roaring rapids. National park entrance fee. Dogs prohibited. Staircase access road closed in winter—park at picnic area and hike 1 mile up road or hike 0.8 mile on Shady Lane Trail.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hoodsport
Distance: 2 miles
Elevation Gain: 225 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Camping
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Mount Skokomish–Lake Cushman
Driving Directions: Directions to Staircase Rapids

Recent Trail Reviews

5/10/2009
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Very easy trail that just about anyone can do. Saw some Roosevelt Elk on the way back out. The road was closed about a mile or so down from the Ranger Station when we went. It was set to open 5/14.



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