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Shady Lane — Nov 24, 2013 — Bob and Barb
Day hike
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Road 2451 is not gated so we drove 0.9 miles to the TH for Shady Lane. The trail soon enters the NP ...
Road 2451 is not gated so we drove 0.9 miles to the TH for Shady Lane. The trail soon enters the NP and was once part of the Dry Creek Trail until Road 2451 was built. Their are large groves of giant fir, cedar, hemlocks, and maple along the way with an understory of moss and lichen covered stumps, vine maple, and black cottonwood along the river. In a mile you reach Staircase CG. From here we hiked the Staircase Rapids Trail to the suspension bridge and then returned the way we came to return to The Shady Lane Trail. On our return to the TH we noticed a mine hole high up a cliff shortly after crossing Elk Creek. There is a beautiful grove of large big-leaf maple along Elk Creek. Several people were enjoying the beautiful day and large trees along the trail.
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Shady Lane — Jun 12, 2013 — Dandrew
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Overgrown | Mud/Rockslide
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The river is beautiful. The hike was okay. There was a neat CAVE at the beginning of the trail. A...
The river is beautiful. The hike was okay. There was a neat CAVE at the beginning of the trail. All in all, it was a really short hike and ended at the road meaning we had to turn around and see the same scenery again. That bummed us all out, but then I found a FROG (or toad, I'm not sure)! Overall, we probably won't hike this again.
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Shady Lane — Mar 03, 2013 — Bob and Barb
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns
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FR 2451 is gated so we hiked 0.8 mile to the Copper Creek TH. We were planning to hike Dry Creek, bu...
FR 2451 is gated so we hiked 0.8 mile to the Copper Creek TH. We were planning to hike Dry Creek, but somehow missed the TH. Just beyond the Copper Creek TH was a trail sign for the Shady Lane trail which takes you to the Staircase CG in 1 mile. We decided to hike this trail and after doing so, we were glad we had missed the Dry Creek TH as the Shady Lane Trail has many beautiful old growth firs, cedars, and hemlocks. The logs and rocks are covered with many varieties of moss and lichens. There were patches of snow along the way and as we neared the CG, the snow was deeper and there were more blowdowns. We had to turn around shortly before the CG because of a large tree across the trail.
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Shady Lane — Feb 15, 2010 — Emily's Dad
Day hike
Issues: Mud/Rockslide | Washouts
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currently the gate on the road at the border of the National park is closed. We were able to make t...
currently the gate on the road at the border of the National park is closed. We were able to make this a loop hike of about 3 miles. There were some tough parts we had to be careful with the kids. From the closed gate, it is a short 3/4 mile walk up the road to the trailhead/staircase campground/bridge over the North Fork Skokomish.

One sketchy part just after the trail follows the bend of the river, it appears the river has caused a small slide area that takes out about 20 ft of trail. It is easy enough to walk around. Just hold the kids hand.

The other area of concern is the FS 2451 road is washed out at copper creek. This is about at the border of the national park on the other side of the north fork. We were able to walk up the creek about 150 feet to cross over on the rocks. I had to carry the kids one at a time.

All in all this was a beautiful hike and easy for kids, very little elevation change.
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Shady Lane — Dec 13, 2008 — mossy mom
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Who got freaked out by the weather forecast and did not go hiking today? A lot of people it seems. I...
Who got freaked out by the weather forecast and did not go hiking today? A lot of people it seems. I had the entire trail/road to myself all day long. Pure solitude from 9am to 4 pm. All the local news talked about last night was the weather and how it was supposed to snow and from the way they went on you would think a blizzard was in the forecast.

The road to Staircase, forest service road 24, is closed to car traffic for the winter but it is open to foot traffic. This is the first winter in the last three that where staircase has been open to hikers in the winter. I hiked to the campground via the road and the shady lane nature trail but hiked back via just the road.

There are lovely old growth trees on the Shady Lane Nature Trail.

This was a bit more fun then the road hike to Dosewallips because there is a great view of Lake Cushman for most of the way. Somehow I managed to take over 100 pictures today more of them are on my blog at http://www.mosswalks.blogspot.com

The road is in great shape with no sign of any recent rock fall or landslides. There is a bridge over the causeway where it washed out last year.

12.25 miles with 180 feet elevation gain.

Starting Coordinates:
N 47*29.726
W 123*14.498
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Shady Lane (#113)
Olympics -- East

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