Day Hike - Shady Lane & Staircase Rapids


Day Hike - Shady Lane & Staircase Rapids

This hike is sponsored by the Olympia Naturalists' Hiking Subcommittee, and is being led by Joanne and Dave Schuett-Hames. We'll hike down the Shady Lane and adjoining Staircase Rapids Loop trails, enjoying early spring wildflowers, wildlife -- potentially including the NF Skokomish Elk, and geologic features.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi

Please meet by 8AM at the Hoodsport Visitors Center, Hoodsport, WA. Additional meeting information will be finalized and emailed to participants a few days before the hike. 

This hike is within the Olympic National Park, and we'll be hiking through magnificent old forests and along the North Fork Skokomish River. We'll start at the Shady Lane Trailhead - accessed across the Lake Cushman Causeway, and opposite the Copper Creek Trailhead. From here we'll hike through the riverside forest where elk and toads often reside, and emerge at the Staircase Ranger Station where we'll join the Staircase Rapids Loop Trail. We will plan on a leisurely pace with time to explore nature. We'll hope for sun(!), but prepare also for rainy, cold conditions. Bring ten-essentials, and adequate water. A Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent is needed to park at the trailhead.


Shady Lane & Staircase Rapids

  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Green Trails Mt Steel No. 167

    Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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