Staircase Rapids Nature Trail

EASY
#10 of 182 trails in Olympic National Park
Staircase Rapids Nature Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lilliwaup, WA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

2.1 miles 190 feet Loop
hiking trail running walking forest river views no dogs
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Short loop trail through forests and along a stream at the Staircase ranger station on Lake Cushman.

Samantha Wiegman
8 hours ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Very simple. Boring. Actual trail confusing to follow. Would recommend for families with young children.

Nicholas Stone
26 days ago

36 Completed9 Reviews

Great for kids tons of history and a great jump point for longer hikes in the area Mt Eleanor Rose Copper Creek Dry Creek Flap Jacks Big Creek and more.

Nicole Linscott
29 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This trail was fantastic!! We brought along our 5 year old, and our one year old rode along on daddy's back! Our 5 year old loved it. The views were amazing, the sounds of the river were awesome. We branched off a bit at the Four Stream Trail and only got about a half mile in before we decided to turn back. There were some felled trees blocking the path, but you could easily walk around them or go over and under. This trail was definitely a workout for us, being as were only beginners, but the area is so beautiful we can't wait to go back!

Chris Bush
1 month ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

I love this trail!! I've hike it a few times this year. This past Sunday was pretty crowded, people with dogs (NO DOGS ALLOWED!) people jumping on the suspension bridge when others were trying to cross. People throwing their packs from boulders while people were on the trail. It was an odd day that I hadn't experienced before. But I still love the trail, go during the weekday.

Heather Christy
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

No Dogs Allowed!! we didn't know and brought our pup along... as it turned out, we couldn't go on the trail because of it. we'll have to go back again without her.

Michael S
1 month ago

8 Completed9 Reviews

Russell Johnson
1 month ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

I thought I was great, but there is some trail maintenance required. There are fallen trees on the east side trail

Grant Reynolds
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

It'd be five stars if the east side of the trail didn't have so many downed trees near the bridge that crosses the Skokomish. Awesome trail though! My two and a half year old was able to walk/hike the entire loop.

Grant Reynolds
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great trail in a really cool, old-growth forest. Would have been five stars if not for the large trees and debris in areas on the east side of the trail.

JIm Flynn
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Very nice with great river rapids views. Trail is well marked and easy on the feet.

Dmitry Kirilov
4 months ago

15 Completed15 Reviews

A very nice trail

Matt Kite
4 months ago

16 Completed16 Reviews

This is a short but wonderful walk in the woods. Great for children and the out-of-shape but also a worthy destination for hardcore hikers. The star attraction, believe it or not, is the forest, not the rapids (although the rapids are first-rate). We did the loop clockwise and were glad we did. Truly a magical place.

Photos and short video from our hike:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d5WGMtYElg

ED Vickers
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great for families with pre-teens and grandparents. Great views of the river and the mountains. The bolder climbing by the bridge is always a hit with the kids. The only down check is we can't take our dogs, but at least that means no dog poop to step in from other hikers.

Steve Mercer
6 months ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful and easy family walk in the woods. The heavy frost added to the wintery feel. Expect to see lots of people on #optoutside Friday - day after Thanksgiving. My boys loved the two smaller creek crossings best.

Leannda Casas
8 months ago

9 Completed5 Reviews

Beautiful walk through the woods next to some awesome rapids. Not really a hike, but still fun.

Sharon Borton
8 months ago

9 Completed5 Reviews

It was awesome! Easy walking trail with lots to see.

Kasey Herness
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Kasey Herness
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Mike Kelley
10 months ago

22 Completed14 Reviews

More of a nature walk then a hike but very beautiful.

Tara bolllingertara
10 months ago

19 Completed19 Reviews

Love it!!!