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
272 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

hiking
1 day ago

Easy hike with the kids.

4 days ago

hiking
6 days 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

hiking
23 days ago

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24 days ago

walking
25 days 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
27 days ago

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29 days 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 :)

29 days 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.

1 month ago

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Real easy, beautiful walk along the river.

1 month ago

Great trail for family with nice views of river song trail

hiking
2 months ago

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