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Beautiful spring like day. The snow and ice pack mentioned in the previous is mostly gone, except closer to the falls. Lots of mud. Huge portions of the trail were nothing but mud, and hard to avoid. The kids had fun, despite slipping in the mud. Lots of college kids out today

20 days ago

Short and sweet hike with a stunning waterfall at the end! There was still a lot of ice which made for a beautiful picture. The water is clear and mountain blue.

I wish the trail went on past the waterfall or had some other off shoots to make the hike longer or give you some options to get off the main drag. The road out there was kind of rough.. I didn’t see this mentioned in the previous reviews, but if you aren’t driving an old beater truck out there make sure you give yourself at least 30 mins extra time to pick your way up the pothole dirt road. Overall great hike and worth doing!

Beautiful sights. There are a few trails that seemingly intersect, so starting on one may wind up on another.

such a beautiful trail, and at the end is this magnificent waterfall

Feb 2018 - Inaccessible at the moment due to flooding in November that wiped out the trail and both campsites.

Had to maneuver the washout area (will get your feet wet). Came upon a herd of elk walking up the road to the trailhead. North side of loop was closed due to a bridge washout. No warning signs at trailhead.

Gorgeous falls after a nice hike! Trail was dry today.

Trail was covered in ice. Very dangerous conditions on 2/11/18. The drive up appeared to be favorable... but the packed ice in the vicinity of the trail made it treacherous.

Try it again in after a few more weeks.

1 month ago

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. Family and dog loved it.

I wouldn’t say the whole hike is easy, but it’s definitely got variety! Plan a good chunk of time to take your time and experience/ explore!

road closed at Madison falls so could not get thru. Jan 2018. gave 5 stars since no other way to let others know.

Super easy hike, with great spots for photography. You can stop along the way to climb trees, take a swim, and there are many great spots along the river to explore and take a picnic break! A good hike for the whole family.

There was a recent mudslide that destroyed the road to the parking lot. This did not stop most people (including ourselves) from parking near the slide area and walking to the trails. Staircase was doable as an out-and-back sort of hike, but the bridge connecting the trails to form the loop was also washed out from recent slides. There are a number of Ranger signs indicating that the trails are closed.

If you do go to Staircase, know that it is the season for mudslides and parts of the trail are closed. We still enjoyed our time and hiked the trails near Staircase and the other bridge.

3 months ago

If you google — Google leads to a point up the road past the trailhead. Park and begin at the brown sign for the trailhead, earlier than google says.

Great easy beautiful hike to a large waterfall. The pics don’t do it justice. Go see for yourself!

No snow or ice on trail on 12/5, but it had clearly frosted the previous night. December is great time for photographing the magnificent moss since the trees are otherwise bare.

Fun little trail! A nice low elevation hike when the mountains are starting to get socked in with snow.

Nice Fall hike with our 2 dogs. We went to the bark shanty area and back. Never did find a actual shelter though. Trail is well maintained and very easy walking. Views of river after the 2nd mile are nice.

Update to Directions... take the right at the 2nd fork not the first one you see!

Beautiful Trail. Easy hike.

Beautiful!!! Easy hike, but slightly scary log bridge over creek near the end of the trail. Lots of pot holes on the way to the trailhead.

5 months ago

Best trail I've done in a whike. easy enough to do in an afternoon if you are in the area, and lots of interesting and varying landscape. definitely make the slight diversion to the goblin gates (cut crudely into a sign at first fork of the trail, but go down to the right) it was a really cool area. some elevation but easy for any one with experience, and not a daunting session for some one a bit out of shape.

Easy hike with the kids.

Cool springs. Not literally of course. One was too hot for me to put feet in. The others were a little cooler but the Sulfur smell was strong so I didn't anyways.

6 months ago

This trail is an amazing hike. Perfect inclines, keep your dog on the leash since there are spots that are right on the ledge. Still totally worth it for the views of the huge waterfalls at the end. I'd also agree it would be a stellar mountain biking trail, but since it's not meant for that I wouldn't risk it with the narrowness (in some areas, especially once you approach the waterfalls). Also, the drive to this spot is about 3mls in on a gravel trail, you're definitely be off the grid! Highly recommend!!

Decent trail, well maintained and easy to hike on. A heads up, most of the hot springs are pretty shallow and only 1 out of the 5 is large enough for more than 3 people to comfortably use. If you want to protect your feet walking between hot springs, bring sandals with ankle straps, NO FLIP FLOPS

6 months ago

Short and sweet

Mellow trail along a river with soothing / meditative sounds from the water. the old growth was cool. Lots of interesting roots and trees. Some great views. If you do this during summer months bring a swim suit and beach towel. Was tempted to jump in. Good walk in the park for beginners & families

well worth it

easy hike in and out.

Loved this trail, well maintained and so peaceful

very easy adventure walk. great for beginners and families with small children. staircase offers many options for length and abilities, from a 1 mile walk to more adventurous multi-day backpackers looking to head into the Olympics. We did a small portion of the north fork skykomish trail and stopped at spike camp for lunch (4 mi from trailhead) then headed back down. just before spike camp, you'll see the signs for the splits to black and white, flapjacks and wagon wheel (all great if you're looking for a real hike with nice gains). my heart rate didn't travel above 140 on any given point and had a very decent pace. Only person who passed us was a trail runner.

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