Easy walking trail between Hoodsport and Lake Cushman. Two newly replaced footbridges span Dow Creek, as the trail loops between them and ascends slightly for the longer loop. Trail meanders along slopes that straddle the creek. Picnic tables and restroom at parking lot. To note: trails were built by local 4-H members.
Length: .5 and 1.5 mile loop | Difficulty: easy | Topography: alder & conifer forest | No fee or pass required | Directions: from Hoodsport, follow Highway 119 for two miles to signed "Trailhead" on right.
Living Legacy Trail
Interpretive signs explain the replanting of the forest by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. This trail passes by the historic Hamma Hamma Cabin, built by the CCC, and starts in Hamma Hamma campground. Great for kids, first .25 mile is wheelchair friendly.
Length: 1.5 mile loop | Difficulty: easy to slightly moderate | Topography: Trail ascends bluff above Hamma Hamma River, then follows creek down and through forest, meeting river | No fee or pass required
Lower Lena Lake Trail
Well maintained trail leads to a small lake with campsites. Expect company.
Length: 3 miles | Difficulty: Moderate climb | Topography: Forested hillside, some large second growth and mossy boulders | Directions: From Highway 101 at Hamma Hamma Recreation Area, take Forest Road #25 to “T” junction; go right 1 mile to trailhead | NW forest pass required to park at trailhead.
Upper Lena Lake Trail
Very steep grade with unstable bed. Not recommended in wet weather.
Length: 7.3 miles | Difficulty: moderate to difficult | Topography: 3,800 foot gain to subalpine lake | Directions: Same as Lower Lena Lake | NW forest pass required to park, wilderness camping permit required for overnight use.
Mount Ellinor Trail
Mountain goats, eagles, wildflowers, and spectacular scenery in all directions. Snow often until July.
Length: 3.1 miles (from lower trailhead); 1.6 miles from upper trailhead | Difficulty: Solid climb; moderate to difficult in spots | Topography: evergreen forest becoming subalpine meadow; trail climbs to 360-degree view at 5,944-foot summit | Directions: From Hoodsport, take State Route 119 for 9 miles, turn right on FS #24 for 1.6 miles to FS# 2419, then 4.9 miles to the lower trailhead. Continue on #2419, then left on FS-014 Spur for 1.5 miles to end of road for upper trailhead | NW trail pass required at upper trailhead.
Big Creek Trail
Looping trail reaching rushing creeks at the mid-point. Great pack-in picnic destination, with tiny wading pools and footbridges.
Length: 4 miles | Difficulty: easy to moderate | Topography: mixed conifer forest | Trail pass is required | Direction: Where Forest Road 24 and Highway 119 meet, head toward Staircase but turn immediately right into Big Creek Campground
This trail is in Mt. Skokomish Wilderness and travels through a quiet, old growth forest. From the ridge loop trail, fantastic views of Bear Gulch Valley, Mt. Ellinor, Mt. Washington, Mt. Pershing, and the distant Huckleberry drainage may be seen.
Length: 6.4 miles | Difficulty: moderately difficult to difficult | Topography: forested slopes | No fee or pass required | Directions: Take Highway 119 to “T” junction with Forest Road 24, and turn left toward Staircase. Mt. Rose Trailhead is about 3 miles ahead on your right.
Staircase Rapids Loop Trail
A family friendly trail through large second growth beside the rapids of the North Fork Skokomish River. Mushrooms, hanging moss, and several swimming holes make for a delightful trip. A marked trail spur leads to a massive, fallen old-growth cedar.
Length: .9 miles | Difficulty: easy | Topography: tall conifer forest | Olympic National Park entrance fee required | Direction: From Hoodsport, take Highway 119 nine miles to “T” junction with Forest Road 24. Follow signs to Staircase, turning left and continuing with Lake Cushman on your left, all the way to Staircase entrance. Trailhead is signed just across main bridge from ranger station.
Shady Lane Trail
A small cave, a footbridge with views and a swimming hole below, plus a grove of towering Old Growth forest are all excellent perks of this trail. Return the way you came, or continue left on forest road to cross bridge at Lake Cushman, turning left again to loop back to Staircase---this will add another 1.4 level miles to your trek.
Length: 1 mile | Difficulty: easy | Topography: Level | Olympic National Park entrance fee required | Direction:Trailhead Across main bridge just beyond Staircase Ranger Station; bear left and follow river downstream instead of straight (Rapids Loop Trail) However, this adds only a half mile to your hike.
One of the steepest trails in Olympic National Park, with tight switchbacks to no switchbacks, the grade is brutal. Then once you stop climbing, you get to traverse a brushy avalanche chute.
Length: 2.9 miles | Difficulty: very difficult | Topography: Old growth trail | Olympic National Park entrance fee required, and wilderness camping permit required for overnight stays. | Directions: At Staircase, behind overflow/overnight parking lot adjacent to Staircase Ranger Station.
North Fork Skokomish
Backpacking trail leading into the heart of the Olympics, and connecting with several main trails throughout Olympic National Park. Designated campgrounds every few miles. Ascends to 4,688 feet at First Divide. Some creek fording and often large trees down over trail.
Length: 12.7 miles | Difficulty: moderate | Topography: follows river as it climbs steadily through Old Growth Forest | Olympic National Park entrance fee required, and wilderness camping permit required for overnight stays. | Directions: At Staircase, behind overflow/overnight parking lot adjacent to Staircase Ranger Station.
Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail
Spectacular views and campsites, make this one of the best hikes in all the Olympics! Old Growth cedar and fir. Mountain bicycle and horse accessible.
Length: 10.3 miles lower trail, upper 7.3 miles | Difficulty: light moderate | Topography: mostly old growth along river corridor | Trail pass required. | Directions: Two marked trailhead's just before and at LeBar Horse Camp. From Highway 101, take Skokomish Valley Road for 5.5 miles, then turn right on FS 23 for 9 miles, turn right on 2353 for .75 mile, cross the river and go left for .2 mile for the hiker biker access trailhead.
Brown Creek Campground Trail
Loop around a beaver pond, great wildlife viewing area. Interpretive signs discuss the wetland ecology and its associated wildlife.
Length: 0.8 miles | Difficulty: easy | Topography: loops around a beaver pond and is a great wildlife viewing area | No fee or pass required . | Directions: located near the hand pump in Brown Creek Campground located in the South Fork Skokomish area.
Spider Lake Loop
Old growth forest and lush plants, popular camping spot, fishing allowed with license.
Length: 1.9 miles | Difficulty: easy | Topography: trail loops around lake through lush plants and old growth | No fee or pass required. | Directions: Starting at the Skokomish Valley Road and continuing for 5.5 miles to junction of FS#23, staying on FS#23 for 10 miles to junction of FS#23 and FS#2353, stay left on FS#23 for another 8 miles- past end of pavement. Look for lake on left, may not be signed.