North Fork Skokomish River


Day Hike - Staircase Rapids

Kids/Family Hike to Staircase Rapids

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 150 ft

TBD by trip leader.  Plan on mid-morning meeting time at trailhead (approx 10am)

This hike is priority for kids and their families.  We will go at a pace that will allow for kids to stop to explore the natural beauty of the area.

We will start at the Staircase Rapids Ranger Station and travel along the North Fork Skokomish River.  We'll stop at the Staircase Rapids and Beaver Rapids.  The turnaround is the intersection with Four Stream at 2 miles, though we could turn around earlier if needed.

Kids should be able to go four miles round trip with minimal elevation gain.  This is a good hike for elementary aged youth.  Other children are welcome as well with proper planning by the parents.

New: Please note that youth registered must have the youth information form and Family Activities Program Form.  This can be found under your child's profile page under "Youth Forms."  We realize the forms can be tedious for a day hike, but the forms will carry over to other Mountaineers activities.  Thank you for your understanding.


North Fork Skokomish River

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials (Family Provides)

  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

Kids are encouraged to bring their own hiking backpacks with age appropriate hiking items.

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