Shady Lane & Staircase Rapids

The Olympic Peninsula is showcased in these two connecting trails. Wander through a forest of old growth trees, along a cascading river, by moss covered boulders and over a new suspension bridge. It's an easy hike from 3 to 7 miles and no more than 350 feet of elevation gain.

getting there

Turn west onto SR 119 off of US 101 in Hoodsport.  In 9.3 mi, turn left onto Forest Road 24. Near the end of Lake Cushman, continue on Forest Road 24 to the Staircase Ranger Station or turn left onto Forest Road 2451 and park at the trailhaed just after crossing the causeway across Lake Cushman or the Copper Creek Trailhead in another 0.5 mi.

on the trail

shady lane

The Shady Lane Trail runs 1.5 miles from the north end of Lake Cushman to the Staircase Ranger Station, passing the Copper Creek Trailhead along the way. It's 3 miles round trip and 200 feet of elevation gain.

staircase rapids

Reach the rapids and waterfalls shortly after leaving the Staircase Ranger Station.  After almost a mile, continue up river on the Four Stream Trail. In another mile reach a good turn around point where the trail heads down towards the river and grows faint. It's 4 miles round trip and 150 feet of elevation gain.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 5.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 150 ft
  • 950 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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