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Day Hike - Shady Lane & Staircase Rapids

Family hike with preference given to well prepared kids (4 years and older) with parent/guardian.This will be a 3-4 mile round trip hike from the Staircase Ranger Station along the North Fork Skokomish River.

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 150 ft

TBD by hike leader and sent to roster attendees.  This will be a morning activity.  Plan on a departure from Olympia around 830 with an arrival at Staircase around 10.  We will stop at Hoodsport for ice cream on the way back.

We will travel from the Staircase Ranger Station along the N Fork Skokomish River to Staircase Rapids, which is about a mile from the Ranger Station.  We will stop to see the various water features along the trail.  We will continue beyond Staircase Rapids up to another mile depending on how the group is doing for a maximum round trip of 4 miles.    The kids will have opportunities to safely explore along the river and trail.  This is a good trip for elementary aged kids though younger kids are welcome with proper parental guidance.


Shady Lane & Staircase Rapids

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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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