Bear Gulch Picnic Site


Bear Gulch is a beautiful and popular picnic area situated next to the scenic North Fork Skokomish River on north side of Lake Cushman Reservoir. A few picnic tables and a vault toilet are available. A rocky beach provides access to swimming and wading. 

The site is located on Forest Service Road 24 before the entrance to the Olympic National Park just south of the Staircase area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 4/4/2018: Due to storm damage, the restroom is closed. Bear Gulch Picnic Area will be restored in April/May, but day-use site will have limited amenities this year.The road to Staircase will be reopened as part of this work. Work expected to be completed by Memorial Day.
Fees No fee
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Hoodsport, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene office

General Information


From Hoodsport, WA turn onto State Route 119 off of Highway 101. Follow State Route 119 for 9.0 miles to the junction with Forest Road 24. Turn left and travel 6 miles to the picnic area, located on the left just beyond the causeway bridge.

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