Staircase Rapids Nature Trail

#11 of 238 trails in Olympic National Park
Staircase Rapids Nature Trail is a 2.1 mile 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles 190 feet Loop
hiking trail running walking forest river views
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From Hoodsport, west 9 miles on Lake Cushman Road to Forest Service Road 24. Turn left and drive 6.5 miles to Staircase Ranger Station and the trailhead.

Dmitry Kirilov

15 Completed15 Reviews

A very nice trail

Matt Kite

8 Completed8 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:

ED Vickers

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

2 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

9 Completed5 Reviews

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

Sharon Borton

8 Completed5 Reviews

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

Kasey Herness

1 Completed2 Reviews

Kasey Herness

1 Completed2 Reviews

Mike Kelley

22 Completed14 Reviews

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

Tara bolllingertara

19 Completed19 Reviews

Love it!!!