Staircase Rapids Nature Loop Trail Four Stream to North Fork

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Staircase Rapids Nature Loop Trail Four Stream to North Fork is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lilliwaup, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

washed out

no dogs

Short loop trail through forests and along a stream at the Staircase ranger station on Lake Cushman. Note: National Park Pass or entry fee of $25 per car required or $10 fee to walk in

hiking
23 minutes ago

Perfect hike for finding swimming holes!

Did this with my 8-year old granddaughter and son and we all had lots of fun!!

2 days ago

Have been coming for years.

20 days ago

Nice hike. Make sure if you are going clockwise that you take the time to walk out to view the river when there are lookouts. If you wait to get to the bridge you'll miss the rapids!

23 days ago

Nice family friendly hike-

25 days ago

It was easy hike. Love the river. Will definitely go back.

hiking
27 days ago

Excellent trail for the whole family. The river is the star of this show.

28 days ago

Beautiful huge trees and turquoise water...

hiking
29 days ago

Such a beautiful trail!!! Would love to go back someday.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail and good start into the hiking season. Bring good bug spray because horseflies, bees and nats are present plenty. Lots of shade with spots to veer off and get close to the river. Pretty views and beautiful waterfalls.

1 month ago

Easy hike along a turquoise blue river through a quiet forest.

1 month ago

Plenty of photo ops! Stunning scenery. Pack-in a little snack and munch while resting on the massive rocks at the water rapids edge. Great trail for kids and adults alike.

1 month ago

Fun hike with kids. Lots to see to keep them entertained.

1 month ago

Great for younger kids (as young as 5)! Nice side trials to walk (don’t miss the big cedar near the front of the trail!).

1 month ago

great trail with beautiful views!

1 month ago

Awesome easy hike. The views of the river are beautiful and make it easy for a few hours to pass unnoticed! A good day's jaunt from the Puyallup area makes it easy to plan a day away from home to relax & enjoy nature. The drive there & back is enjoyable as well...nice to get away from freeways!

hiking
1 month ago

Never hiked this area before but it was a wonderful trail to take my kids! My 3 year old hiked the entire trail by himself but he was wiped out by the end! An easy walk through the woods with limited elevation challenge. Started on south side of loop and the views of the rapids were exhilarating! The north side had a washout but it was still navigable if you take the time to look for an easy crossing.

Will be back yo do with the kids again!

hiking
2 months ago

Gravel part of road and trail are in great shape. Got to trailhead at 0715 and only one other car was there at that time. Morning light on trail and river is amazing. Very few bugs. Easy hike to 4 stream-kid friendly. River full and beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Great first hike to start out the season. Definitely kid friendly and lots of incredible sites. Will definitely be going again but maybe trying out a hike attached to it like wagon wheel lake. The mud slide on the road is cleaned up and can park at the ranger station but the bridge across the creek washed out on the right side of the trail so have to wade through the cold glacier water.

3 months ago

I just talked to the national parks people and they said you can park and hike in at the construction but that they can not guarantee that you can pass the current construction they are doing at that time. It all depends on what they are doing that day and there is no way to know without going all the way up.

hiking
3 months ago

After you drive to the end of the lake and see a great bridge to your left you will see the road has washed out and you need to park. Don’t block the bridge, cars drive across because there are two more trailheads on that side. You hike about a mile on the road to get to the original trailhead and camp grounds. It was actually really pretty, right along the river the whole time. Also just seeing what we couldn’t access any more was interesting, there are decent size buildings that people can only hike in to get. Just crazy. The trail itself was amazing and exactly what I picture as PNW hiking. You are along the river the full time, you can easily get views of white water and mini waterfalls. I turned around and did a Down and back from the bridge. The bridge would of made the whole hike worth it but thankfully the scenery did not disappoint. I saw a few people hiking out with overnight packs so I think that would be fun. I would say an easy hike and worth walking on the road for. To get over the washed out road though they have cut a log at the top of the slide that’s easy to walk across both ways. There are no bathrooms at the TH, those too were washed out in the slide.

walking
4 months ago

beautiful hike.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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.

walking
7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful Trail. Easy hike.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

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