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Hike 5/19 Staircase & North Fork Skokomish

Sunday, May 19, 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM

7 miles, 700 feet elevation gain.
Meet at Everett Station Park & Ride Lot --

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Hike 5/19 Staircase & North Fork Skokomish

Hike an excellent national park trail in a majestic old growth forest alongside a gorgeous wild river. This impressive area on the Olympic Peninsula is a true temperate rainforest, with huge ancient trees and blankets of moss on everything. We'll hike the Staircase Rapids Loop, plus continue another couple of miles into the valley of the Skokomish River. Note that we do not take a ferry for this trip-- the drive around via Olympia is slightly quicker. Bring a national park or federal lands pass if you have one.

Expected Conditions:

Trail conditions on the North Fork Trail should be excellent, with maybe a few slightly wet or muddy sections. The trail starts from the end of Staircase Road, elevation about 800 feet, and goes gradually upstream along the river, rising to about 1450 feet after 3.5 miles. This is old growth forest trail, with maybe an occasional small stream crossing. We go out and back on the mostly the same trail, crossing over to the Staircase Rapids Trail for the final mile on return. 

Other Considerations:

Wear good traction hiking shoes or boots, and the more waterproof your boots are, the better. Trekking poles are probably a good idea, to help with rougher sections, stream crossings, and the like. Keep in mind that even though this trip is in the Olympics, we don't take the ferry for this one. We'll drive around via Olympia and Shelton. Pack food and water in your pack, and plan on having a lunch back at our turnaround spot about 3.5 miles up the trail.

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