Day Hike - Shady Lane & Staircase Rapids


Day Hike - Shady Lane & Staircase Rapids

Let's get in a nice relaxing hike before the craziness of the holiday season sets in beginning with Thanksgiving this week and continuing on through early January. The greens of the mosses, ferns, and understory are sure to be magical on this late-fall hike along Lake Cushman and the North Fork of the Skokomish River. We will hike three connected trails on this outing: Shady Lane, Staircase Rapids, and part of the North Fork Skokomish River trail.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 850 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2.0 mph

Specific meeting location and time to be sent out via e-mail 2 to 3 days prior to the hike.  Plan to meet around 8:30 at a to-be-determined location near the Staircase Ranger Station.

Given that this hike is in mid-November and the chances of rain are quite high this time of year, we'll hike unless weather conditions are very uncomfortable or dangerous,  examples being very heavy rain or high winds in the forecast.  Dress/pack for wet, cold, and changing weather conditions, the Ten Essentials, and a snack/lunch.


Shady Lane & Staircase Rapids

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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