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Staircase Rapids

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal
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Length

2.1 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 574 ft.
Highest Point: 950 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 
 

Staircase Rapids is a beautiful 2.1 mile loop trail following the North Fork of the Skokomish River.

Visitors here will enjoy the Olympic old-growth forest with a lush understory of mosses and ferns.  As a loop, it's hikable either way, but this route describes a clockwise approach. 

Start by heading up the Staircase Rapids Nature Trail. This trail sticks close to the river, though a berm sometimes blocks the view of the river itself. No matter, the trees and lush undergrowth provide amazing scenery. 

At about .8 miles, take the trail to the right (do not continue up the much-more-rugged Four Stream Trail), and cross a suspension bridge to the the other side of the river.

Stop here to admire the river, the rapids, and the startlingly blue color of the water. Sit by the river for a bit to cool off if it's a hot day. Once you've enjoyed the riverside enough, head for the junction of this trail with the North Fork Skokomish River Trail, and follow the trail downstream just over a mile to return to the Ranger Station and parking area.

 

Staircase Rapids

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5158, -123.3300 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

Staircase (#112)

Olympic National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct Mount Skokomish-Lake Cushman

Getting There

From Hoodsport, just off of Highway 101, turn left onto SR 119. Drive a little more than nine miles where 119 'T's with FR 24. Turn left here. Drive 1.7 miles to where the pavement ends. The road continues as gravel and in 3.7 miles, arrive at a junction. Make a right here, and continue 1.2 miles to the Staircase Ranger Station. Look for the parking lot on your right, across from the campground.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
 

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