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North Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal
47.5157, -123.3295 Map & Directions
Length
15.2 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
3568 feet
Highest Point
4688 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes

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Hiking through lowland forest rivers, the North Fork Skokomish Trail leads through the thick Olympic forest to subalpine meadows with unbelievable views of the heart of the craggy, snow-capped Olympic Range. Continue reading

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Hiking North Fork Skokomish River

Hiking through a lowland forest river valley, the North Fork Skokomish Trail leads through the thick Olympic forest to subalpine meadows with unbelievable views of the heart of the craggy, snow-capped Olympic Range.

The trail is 15.2 miles between Staircase Ranger Station and its junction with the Duckabush River trail. Camps dot the trail, so day hikes or overnight trips of varying lengths are possible.

The most scenic section of this trail is the route to First Divide, where you find the gorgeous mountain views in a small pass, 4688 feet high. The hike to the First Divide is 13.1 miles from the Staircase trailhead. First Divide is a good destination for dayhikers looking for lots of miles, or overnighters. Past First Divide, it's only 2.9 miles downhill to the Duckabush River Trail, or just one mile to Home Sweet Home camp.

Note: There are pit toilets at the Staircase Ranger Station parking lot.  At the 3.7 miles, just past the junction with the Flapjack Lake Trail, there is another pit toilet.

North Fork Skokomish River

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5157, -123.3295 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Hoodsport, just off of Highway 101, turn left onto SR 119. Drive a little more than nine miles where 119 'T's with FR 24. Turn left here. Drive 1.7 miles to where the pavement ends. The road continues as gravel and in 3.7 miles, arrive at a junction. Make a right here, and continue 1.2 miles to the Staircase Ranger Station. Look for the parking lot on your right, across from the campground.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Hood Canal

North Fork Skokomish River (#110)

Olympic National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Mt Steel No. 167 map

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