Urns Through Time


Staircase Campground

Follow US Hwy 101 to Hoodsport turn left and drive 17 miles west on Washington Highway119 (Lake Cushman Road). The campground is 1 mile north of Lake Cushman where Lake Cushman Road becomes Forest Road #24. This is a narrow gravel road following the North Fork of the Skokomish that deserves careful driving attention. Staircase Campground is managed by the Olympic National Park, Staircase Ranger Station.

The campground has 59 sites covering a splendid 8 acres of old growth forest on the North Fork of the Skokomish River. Several of the campsites are on or have access to the river. Even if you get the last available campsite there are enough gorgeous sights and trails to make you happy. The center of the huge loop has a number of sites in close proximity that are great for larger groups. There is drinking water, flush toilets and wheelchair accessible facilities. Nature programs and amphitheatre presentations on the weekends.

The entrance to the campground is the trailhead for a number of great hikes through old growth forest along the river. The two most popular are the Shady Lane Trail that meanders down river through lush forest and The Staircase Rapids trail that heads up river with amazing views of the river and thick rainforest of fir and cedar. You will find a short off shoot on the trail that takes you to an old fallen cedar of monumental proportion. The Ranger Station is also the trailhead for Flapjack Lakes, Black and White Lakes, and beyond, tying into the web of wilderness trails throughtout the Olympic National Forest.

NOTE: Many of the missing sites are closed due to "Hazard Trees", we will photograph them as soon as there open and we can get back there.

Current Conditions for Staircase Campground