Staircase Rapids Loop

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Staircase Rapids Loop 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

washed out

fee

no dogs

NOTE: The road leading to the trailhead is closed for construction until June 15 2019. It cannot be driven or walked on. The route shown here may still be accessible by using other trails to reach the trailhead. This road is also closed seasonally for snow and wet conditions. Please check with Olympic National Park for status updates. 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

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muddy
22 days ago

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Friends commented that the moss hanging from some of the bare trees looked like tinsel, and the reddish-brown leaves in the hanging moss looked like ornaments. :-) Other views included super large rocks covered in vibrant green moss, swift moving water, blue skies, and snow-dusted mountain peaks. Potholes on unpaved section of road were largely avoidable. Paved road in excellent condition.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail enjoyed every moment

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Haven't been up this way since I was a kid. (long time ago). My dad, who would've been 86 yesterday, and a Veteran, had been on my mind. So I came back up to the forest that he loved and took 5 kids, a dog, and sometimes a cat, camping in. It seems most go to the bridge and turn back. Yet going up towards 4 Streams and then down the second half is quiet and magical.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is beautiful. Such a nice, easy hike with so many amazing views. There was some work being done on the trail but could get right past it easily!

hiking
3 months ago

Great loop to make. Happened to stumble across this gem today. It says it's an easy trail, just be careful for uneven trail. Loved that it had all sorts of terrain and that half of the loop was along side the river.

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, well maintained. We are from out of state so we had to pay a $30 entrance fee which was pretty steep... but it was definitely worth it for the fun we had. The road getting there was super rough with potholes up until the National Park boundary line, so be prepared for a long bumpy road on your way in and out!

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect for a family with kids. Great scenery. Easy hike

4 months ago

2 hours with breaks. Easy.

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful loop trail. Easily walkable in less than 2 hours.

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Easy loop that can be completed in under 2 hours, unless you love to stop, sit, & take photos a whole bunch like I do. Very cool bridge, I'm sure the river looks spectacular in the late spring/early fall with the snow melt. The water is very clear, we found a little swimming spot a short hike down the side. Great views for the brevity of the hike. Place is well-maintained, didn't see any trash on the trail, & was an amazing place to sit & enjoy the weather below the bridge.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, well maintained trail with a flat gravel path for most of the way, just a couple steeper or rocky spots. A few places to access the river bank and see the clear teal blue water up close.

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bugs
4 months ago

This trail was absolutely beautiful, almost magical, and was surprisingly well-maintained for how out-of-the-way it felt. Other websites said it was a 2-mile loop, which is also what the description at the trailhead said, but after all of our doodling around at various portions of the steam/rapids, my GPS put us at 4 miles, so... Relatively flat, easy, my kids handled it just fine and found plenty of rocks and downed trees to climb. I tagged "bugs" for trail conditions, but that may have just been at the big fallen cedar tree. The mosquitoes there were ravenous.

backpacking
4 months ago

Really great trail. Nice being next to the river and camping there

Lots of kids so it’s really family friendly. Some parts have lots of big roots/rocks that you have to trek through. Some good photo ops. Overall really easy hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved iscores of thousand year old trees. Bridge is great picnic spot

hiking
5 months ago

This was a beautiful kid friendly trail. My suggestion is to start out going up the parking lot and lastly over the bridge. If you do it that way it's easier to jump in the river and walk back to the parking area without being too wet and enjoy the nice little river spot.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike with plenty of places to access the river. Have done the Staircase Loop three of the past four years with the kids (now 5 and 4) and they always love it. Several upgrades to the trail itself and the road to the parking lot in the last year. This hike never gets old!

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bugs
5 months ago

Pretty easy! Not a lot of climbing, mostly flat walk unless you want to go down to the water. Very little signage so pay attention to where you're going. The bugs here are OUTRAGEOUS. WEAR PANTS AND LOTS OF BUG SPRAY! Also don't hike this one alone, cougars frequent the area.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful easy trail along the creek! 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. There are plenty of places along the trail to venture down to the water and relax. We were amazed at how blue the water is!

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bugs
5 months ago

Great trail for kids. Lots of stopping points by the water.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike with great views of the river and falls.

Great trail! Easy, beautiful and loved there were side trails to take. Great campground next door. Highly recommend :)

hiking
6 months ago

I would recommend this trail for families with small kiddos for the first mile and moderate to avid hikers for the longer Skokomish Trail. Absolutely beautiful scenery on a lovely, sunny day. **For new hikers- you can buy an annual National Parks pass at the Rangers Station or REI before you head out. Enjoy!

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bugs
6 months ago

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rocky
6 months ago

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