North Fork Skokomish River


Backpack - Flapjack Lakes

3 Day, 2 Night backpack trip camping at Flapjack Lakes in Olympic National Park. Day trip to Gladys Divide on Saturday.

  • Very Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 16.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,760 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 up, 2.0-2.25 down

Staircase Ranger Station Trailhead Friday at 9AM

Permit: Olympic NP, 6 people, 3 days, 2 nights at Flapjack Lakes.  Permit cost was $102 ($17.00/person).

Day 1 (Fri Aug 23) – Backpack from Staircase Ranger Station TH to Flapjack Lakes (7.0 mi/3,316’)
Day 2 (Sat Aug 24) – Day hike to Gladys Divide (2.8 mi/1,120’)
Day 3 (Sun Aug 25) – Backpack from Flapjack Lakes to Staircase Ranger Station TH (7.0 mi/331’)

Leader Permission Required
1) Must have Backpack Skills Badge or be current Backpack Student
2) Must have fitness level required, especially for Day 1
3) Goals: Stay Safe & Have fun.

An America the Beautiful Pass is required to park at the Staircase Ranger Station Trailhead.  Community bear wires are available at Flapjack Lakes.

We will shoot for about 1.5 MPH for the climb up to Flapjack Lakes, but we will keep the group together and hike at the speed of the slowest backpacker.  Picture taking and breaks are encouraged.

[AI generated] Embark on a three-day, two-night backpacking adventure in Olympic National Park, starting at the Staircase Ranger Station. On Day 1, hike through lush old-growth forests along the North Fork Skokomish River to reach the serene Flapjack Lakes, where you’ll set up camp for both nights. Day 2 features a challenging yet rewarding day hike to Gladys Divide, offering stunning panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains. Return to your Flapjack Lakes campsite for a peaceful evening under the stars. On Day 3, retrace your steps back to the Staircase Ranger Station, completing your journey through this breathtaking wilderness.


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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