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.
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
* $25 park fee (if you want to walk in it's only $10 dollars) worth it and you can easily spend 3+ hours exploring the trails.
Had two days of sun for once, it's good idea to wait a full day before hiking so the trail can dry out since it is mostly dirt. We only hit a small muddy area thankfully! It was warm and breezy today. Certain parts of the trail definitely have limbs across from the previous winter storms and rains, but it's nothing you can't step over.
Instead of turning right to go over the iconic bridge over the river, we continued straight and walked the additional 1.2 miles available for anyone wanting a little more cardio. It's not as maintained as the main Staircase Rapids Loop, but dunking under the occasional tree, or stepping over some limbs isn't a problem if you don't mind getting dirt on you. That trail does come to an end so you do have to turn around when you make it to the creek that runs into the North Fork, if the water levels were down you do see that you can cross the creek to continue the trail on the other side. I'm assuming July/August times it's more than easy to cross, just not in April.
**The road into Cushman and into the park itself is absolutely ridiculous, the potholes that have turned up from the rains are the worst I've seen in a long time. I'm hoping the state combs the road soon, but with the willpower to make your way around them, it shouldn't be an issue. Just be patient and you'll get to Staircase park in no time.
Once the weather heats up and dries out I'm confident that they will fix this issue since this is a pretty popular spot in the summer for teens and college kids, so don't let the road deter your motivation of getting to this beautiful park.
Great little hike even in the snow!
Great short hike with kids. The Olympics are always awesome to explore.
Loved it. Easy for kids as well. Absolutely amazing place.
Great trail! Would def go again! Not to hard. just perfect. Gorgeous water views.
Beautiful! one if the best hikes I've been on!!