• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)

    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

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 Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce.

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?

Mt. Olympus in winter

That Mount Olympus receives over 200 inches of precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow? At 7,980 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S.