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Terry
06-08-2011, 05:20 PM
Staircase Rapids is an easy walk along a river in the Olympic National Park. A beautiful hike through old growth forest along the North Fork Skokomish River with a 200 foot elevation gain in one mile. It should be a loop trail along both sides of the river, but last Fall the bridge across the river was knocked loose.

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Terry Love taking a break along the river

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Is that a big cedar tree or what?

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North Fork Skokomish River

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Staircase Ranger Station.
http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=97005

Terry
06-08-2011, 05:24 PM
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Some of the forest along the North Fork Skokomish River

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These things are green.

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And the big cedar again.
Staircase Rapids in the Olympic National Forest

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Looking West towards the Olympics from the summit of Mt Walke at Mt Constance.
June 5 2011