Staircase Rapids Trail

#10 of 238 trails in Olympic National Park

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Short loop trail through forests and along a stream at the Staircase ranger station on Lake Cushman.

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Douglas Nelson (101)

3 Completed3 Reviews

This is a great hike for those who are a little bit more adventurous I suggest going off trail on the rapid loop trail by the river great views with little oasis for you just keep your eyes open. Also for the backpackers there is a trail going up the mountain that you are allowed to camp along it is a 15 mile hike up

Joel Landoe (46)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Good warm up trail for flap jacks. Not much elevation gain but nice bridge view point near the rapids.

James Welch (126)

6 Completed4 Reviews

James Soethe (304)

9 Completed4 Reviews

Short trail but there is so much to see. The bridge is up now.

TIM BELL (1343)

26 Completed16 Reviews

Good hike. Weather was decent and a good day overall. Snow and the recent rain has lots of water on the trail but still good hiking conditions. We went to the bridge and continued on the Four Streams tail until it was getting to slushy to continue so we turned around and crossed the bridge and hiked on the Camp Spivey trail. It was getting difficult to walk without traction so we turned around and completed our hike. Still a great day of hiking nonetheless. Again no disappointment hiking in the NW!!

TIM BELL (1343)

26 Completed16 Reviews

We really enjoy this hike. The weather cooperated so we took our time to enjoy the scenery and hike and had the trail to ourselves the complete time. Old growth, lots of green and good photos opportunities. Saw lots of different types of mushrooms along the trail. We found a nice spot (there were many) to take a lunch break. Although short, this hike is at the top of my list.

Kevin Russell (410)

13 Completed15 Reviews

Anthony Cable (706)

18 Completed20 Reviews

beautiful and scenic

Jana R. (350)

More of a stroll than an actual hike but the scenery is amazing. The giant old growth trees make it worth the visit. The $15 parking pass is good for a week at all of the Olympic Parks and can be upgraded to an annual pass for a total of $30.
The bridge is still out so it's a short in and out walk rather than a loop.
If you want a longer hike the trail behind the ranger station leads up to Flap Jack Lakes and Black and White Lake. Both are long and strenuous hikes but well worth every step.

Chris Leon (462)

9 Completed9 Reviews

Easy trail. Nice and quick. But currently the bridge is down. Also it is in the national park and it is 15 for the day pittas and 30 for the annual

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