Shady Lane Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hoodsport, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 164 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

no dogs

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blowdown
muddy
washed out
3 months ago

Trail is in decent condition given the time of year. A couple minor blowdowns and one small washout / landslide. Had to climb up and over the washout but that took less than 30 seconds to detour.

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blowdown
closed
5 months ago

Trail is currently closed near the north end of the trail near Fisher’s Bluff because of a blow down.

hiking
9 months ago

Trailhead at the Olympic National Park, Staircase Campground picnic area. Easy for all ages. Some old growth cedars and hemlocks. Nice hike if you're at the campground already.

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over grown
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Nice short trail, but not a whole lot to see after the first quarter mile or so. Once the trail deviates from next to the creek you are mostly walking through trees and brush. The trail is somewhat overgrown at points but still easily navigable. The trail is located in the Olympic National Park, so be prepared to pay $30 for a 7 day pass to park. I would say it’s not worth it unless you will be doing some other hikes in the park. The parking lot gets pretty full on weekends so I would recommend getting there early. Might be a nice short trail to add on to the Staircase loop if you’re looking to add a couple more miles.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is in fact NOT dog friendly. I did not realize that this was within the Olympic National Park which maintains that no dogs are allowed on their trails. It is also important to mention that if you do not have an annual pass, you should expect to pay $30 to get in the park if arriving by car. I am sad that I did not get to walk the trail, but wanted to warn others who might plan to bring their dogs.

hiking
Wed May 29 2019

Friendly trail for any skill level. It runs into Elk Creek near the Staircase campgrounds. There you’ll find additional trailheads like Staircase Rapids, and a short nature walk to see Big Cedar - a massive downed cedar tree with a climbable root base.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
Sun Apr 28 2019

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blowdown
muddy
Sat Apr 20 2019

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Mon May 07 2018

This is a great trail for old-growth cedars, some of which are over 10 feet in diameter. It also has big Douglas-fir and hemlock. It can be hiked at pretty much any time of the year, but is best from May to September, when the vegetation is in good form. The south trailhead is in Olympic National Forest and the north trailhead is at Staircase in Olympic National Park, which means you can bring dogs in from the south, but should not bring them into the Park which is entered about halfway up the trail. At Staircase it is easy to transition onto any of a variety of great hikes that leave from Staircase.

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7 months ago

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11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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Sat May 25 2019

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Sun May 12 2019

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Sat Nov 17 2018

running
Fri Aug 17 2018

hiking
Sun Aug 27 2017