• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

Visiting Staircase

A view of sky mountains from atop a mountain meadow during the summer

View from the upper reaches of the North Fork Skokomish River Valley

Overview:

Enormous trunks reach for the sky, lacy limbs stretch to the sun, grooved bark is sanctuary to tiny creatures in the vast cathedral of Douglas-firs that dominate the forests on this side of the Olympic Peninsula.

Staircase is located in the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park, about a one-hour drive from Olympia, and two hours south of Port Angeles (directions.)

A fire several years ago loosened the soil, causing landslides and rockfalls. For visitor safety, the road is closed in the winter. Make sure to check the status of the road before planning your trip.

A general map and information regarding facilities, picnic areas, camping, and regulations can be found on the park's Staircase brochure (pdf).

 

Places to Stay:

Staircase has a campground with 47 sites. Nearby lodging can be found through the Mason County website explorehoodcanal.com.

Recreation:

A variety of hiking trails navigate through the Staircase area along the Skokomish River and the nearby forests.

There are several short day-hikes that explore the area. Shady Lane trail is flat, and less than a mile to Lake Cushman. The hike to Flapjack Lakes is for the stronger hikers, gaining over 3,000 feet in elevation.

Longer hikes, like the North Fork Skokomish River trail, can be done in a couple of days.

Nearby Areas:

To the north of Staircase is Dosewallips, about a 45-minute drive by car. The road is currently closed off due to storm damage. All other park locations are at least 100 miles away. Make sure to consult the Getting Around page for mileages to other park destinations.

Did You Know?

snow covered forest and meadow

That endemic Olympic snow moles are scurrying beneath this blanket of snow? Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.