We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Staircase Rapids Nature Trail

Features Animals
Review Highlights
Great nature trail

Beautiful nature trail and relatively simple hike if you do the small loop. This would be a perfect... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dripping Springs, Texas
via mobile
beautiful old growth

Great hiking not hard for kids.waterfalls are gorgeous and the huge mossy old growth trees are... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
Ken R
Read all 22 reviews
All photos (26)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent96%
  • Very good4%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“the river”(5 reviews)
“easy hike”(3 reviews)
“mile hike”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Olympic National Park, Hoodsport, WA 98362
+1 360-565-3130
Reviews (22)
Filter reviews
21 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsthe rivereasy hikemile hikeall agesold growthgravel roadgreat hikewalking stickcampgroundmomparkcedartreemileslevel
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful nature trail and relatively simple hike if you do the small loop. This would be a perfect beginners hiker trail

Thank Seanboy48
Reviewed 31 July 2018

Great hiking not hard for kids.waterfalls are gorgeous and the huge mossy old growth trees are amazing.

Thank Ken R
Reviewed 23 July 2018

We love the rapids trail hike. It's doable for almost the whole family. Very scenic, largely level terrain. The kids love the suspension bridge across the river, and climbing in The Big Cedar Tree.

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 21 January 2018

The Staircase area is awesome. We went in September. The day was nice partly cloudy weather, and the hike was an easy 3 in 3 back. Lots of creek views and a cool bridge. We hiked to 4 stream and next time will go even...More

1  Thank Mark B
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Great trail for people of all ages. The gravel road in the national forest is a bit hard on a vehicle that does not have AWD.

Thank LaLunaStella
Reviewed 23 July 2017

This is an easy hike and well worth the while of driving about 30 minutes, 10 of which will be on a gravel road. There is plenty of parking and the fact that it is not as easily accessible as other parts of the park,...More

2  Thank Jeffrey P
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Only 2 miles in length but absolutely magical. Feels like you have entered an enchanted forest. Follows creekbed with rapids. Need to pay national park entrance fee but we'll worth it. Restroom facility near trailhead. The drive to get there is beautiful too! Well worth...More

Thank naturelover7531
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

The drive can be a bit rough passing Lake Cushman. Roads are narrow. Lots of youth partying along the cliffs and roads. But once you get past the nonsense, the hike at Staircase is awesome! You can do a short 1 mile, 2.5 mile or...More

Thank Shannon L
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Beautiful drive out and a spectacular area to visit. My kids (12 -24) did the 2 mile hike while I stayed back with my 85 yo mom. We did part of the Shady Lane Trail that runs along the river. It is very flat and...More

Thank 861audreyk
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This hike is beautiful because you're adjacent to a river for most of the hike. The Majestic trees offer such a treasure as you explore through the Olympic National Forest. I like to bring a walking stick due to the nature of the stairs leading...More

1  Thank tamiclose
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 2 nearby hotels
Sunrise Motel
24 reviews
.11 miles away
Glen Ayr Resort
65 reviews
.90 miles away
The Waterfront at Potlatch Resort
52 reviews
2.77 miles away
Robin Hood Village Resort
90 reviews
5.17 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 7 restaurants in Hoodsport
Hoodsport Coffee Co
56 reviews
.21 miles away
El Puerto de Angeles
104 reviews
.41 miles away
Burger Stand
36 reviews
.15 miles away
Hoodsport Pizzeria
5 reviews
.21 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 8 attractions in Hoodsport
The Hardware Distillery Co.
26 reviews
.24 miles away
Union City Market
7 reviews
4.01 miles away
Hoodsport Winery
23 reviews
1.02 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
8 August 2017|
Response from tamiclose | Reviewed this property |
No, you cannot take your dog on the trail.