A rugged exploratory trip featuring three gorge sections with numerous class V rapids that
are a challenge to scout, mandatory portages, and potential wood hazards in a remote and inaccessible
From Highway 101 at Hoodsport, turn west on Highway 119 towards Cushman
Reservoir. Follow this road up along the reservoir and turn onto FR 24 toward the Staircase Entrance to
Olympic National Park which is located at the head of the reservoir. The take-out is at the bridge. To
reach the put-in, it's a 6 mile hike up the North Fork Skokomish Trail. Check with Olympic National Park
for current trail conditions (call 360-565-3100 or check the current conditions link on their website).
lat/long very approximate by tiger map server
for additional information see:
Memo and supporting documents on rivers eligible for Wild and Scenic designation within Olympic National Park
USGS gauge NF below
Staircase. It's been run around 450 cfs.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
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