Staircase Rapids Nature Loop Trail Four Stream to North Fork

EASY 131 reviews
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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
193 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

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

walking
20 days 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.

1 month 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful Trail. Easy hike.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike with the kids.

hiking
4 months ago

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

walking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike for the family! Beautiful scenery and kept all 4 of our kids (ages 2-13) engaged. The only reason I didn't mark as a 5 star is because there is only one unisex bathroom at the beginning of the walk, just before you cross the bridge, unless you venture into the campground. Seems kinda silly for how busy this place is :)

5 months ago

Good for kids. Took our 3 year old and 8 week old on this hike and there was plenty to keep the 3 yo entertained. It was the perfect distance with a suspension bridge at the turn around point. Busy trail but we didn't mind. If your looking for a kid friendly hike with excellent scenery this is for you.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this hike! This was such a beautiful hike. There is so much to see and enjoy. It was easy enough for my kids (4 and 9 yrs) to do, but didn't feel like just a little walk. We love hiking by the river, crossing the bridge and then other little streams along the path.

5 months ago

nice area, easy hike. calming forested path along a river.

hiking
5 months ago

Real easy, beautiful walk along the river.

6 months ago

Great trail for family with nice views of river song trail

hiking
6 months ago

One of the most beautiful day hikes in the area. The water's cold but there's some great swimming spots!

6 months ago

What a great trail! Beautiful surroundings and next to Lake Cushman.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike. Nice views of the river and mountains. Very interesting small spur trail to see a huge fallen cedar. Pass required. Last part of the road is difficult to drive on due to a large amount of pot holes. Very nice picnic areas with picnic tables along the way.

6 months ago

Pleasant hike along running stream, views are primarily are of the stream.

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