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Shady Lane

Olympic Peninsula


Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal
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1.8 miles, roundtrip



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A favorite year-round, the aptly named Shady Lane trailhead can be found at the south end of the parking lot. Veer right on a little spur to the riverside of the North Fork Skokomish, where there is a nice log there to have lunch and just relax in the sun.

Making a left takes you north to the Staircase Ranger Station in roughly a mile. Pass tall cedars, giant firs and hemlock, then take in the Skokomish river, being ever vigilant for elk or other wildlife.

This is a great family hike. It's only a mile to the ranger's cabin, where you can have lunch and chat with the ranger, then carry on another mile to the Staircase rapids, then head back to the trailhead, making it four-miles roundtrip. Take your camera and enjoy the colors.


Shady Lane

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Co-ordinates: 47.5153, -123.3229 Open map in new window


Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

Shady Lane (#113)

Olympic National Park

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Getting There

From 101 driving north to Hoodsport, make a left, then to Lake Cushman State Park. Make a left onto FR 24 and take a left across the bridge at the end of the lake and up the dirt road to an access point to Shady Lane, about a half mile from the lake. There is ample parking here.

Alternatively, to reach the north end of the trail, do not cross the bridge, but instead continue into the park (entry fee or pass required) and park in the available lots at road's end. Walk across the bridge and follow signs to the trailhead on the left.

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