North Fork Skokomish River & Flapjack Lakes

The trail follows the North Fork of the Skokomish River through old growth forests and up to lakes with great views of the Olympics. There are many options and multiple side trips allowing for easy to strenuous day hikes or a moderate backpack. Destinations include Spike Camp, Flapjack Lakes, Big Log Camp and Black & White Lakes, and Camp Pleasant.

Getting there

Drive US-101 to Hoodsport and turn west onto SR-119. Continue 9.3 miles to an intersection, turn left and drive 1.7 miles where the road becomes Forest Road 24. In another 2.7 miles, turn right and continue 1.2 miles to the Staircase Ranger Station and trailhead (875 ft).

on the trail

Four Stream & Staircase Rapids

For a short, easy outing hike 2.1-mile Staircase Rapids Loop on the Four Stream and North Fork Skokomish River Trails. From the bridge add some additional miles by hiking another mile up river on the Four Stream Trail (up to 4 miles). The elevation gain is less than 150 feet. 

Spike Camp

Begin at the Staircase Ranger Station and follow the trail for about a mile until you reach a bridge. Continue up valley on the North Fork Skokomish River Trail for another 2.4 miles to Spike Camp. If you turn around here it's 7.2 miles and 625 feet of elevation gain round trip.

Flapjack Lakes

At Spike Camp there is a junction and the trail to the right climbs more steeply for 3.4 miles to Flapjack Lakes. It's 15 miles and 3,200 feet of elevation gain round trip.

Gladys Divide

Follow the trail from Flapjack Lakes to Gladys Divide which gains 1,100 feet of elevation in 0.9 mile.  Enjoy views of the Olympic's Sawtooth Mountains and the Hamma Hamma River valley.  It's 18 miles and 4,000 feet of elevation gain round trip.

Big Log Camp

If you choose not to go to Flapjack Lakes (taking the left fork), the trail proceeds 1.9 miles to Big Log Camp. From Big Log Camp you can follow a trail up to Black and White Lakes and Murdock and Smith Lakes.

Black and White lakes loop

A less used alternative to Flapjack Lakes. From Big Log Camp, turn right (east). The route then steeply ascends on the brushy Black and White Way Trail gaining 2,800 feet over 2.2 miles to the Smith Lake Trail.  The trail continues on for another 0.2 miles in a subalpine meadow to the Black and White Lakes.  To complete the loop, follow the Smith Lakes and Flapjack Lakes Trails back to the North Skomomish River Trail.  It's a total loop and round trip of 16 miles with 3,700 feet of elevation gain and a high point of 4,500 ft.

camp pleasant

From Big Log Camp, Camp Pleasant another 1.2 miles for a total round trip of 13.5 mile and 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
  • 3,900 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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Trip Reports

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  • Staircase Rapids
  • Staircase Rapids Loop
  • Four Stream
  • Four Stream & Staircase Rapids Loop
  • North Fork Skokomish River to Spike Camp
  • Spike Camp
  • North Fork Skokomish River to Big Log Camp
  • Big Log Camp
  • Black and White Lakes Loop
  • North Fork Skokomish River to Camp Pleasant
  • Camp Pleasant
  • Flapjack Lakes
  • Gladys Divide
  • North Fork Skokomish River to Gladys Divide

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