Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail

Shelton, Washington

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You can ride the Lower South Fork Skokomish as a 20.9-mile loop taking paved and gravel roads up and the singletrack down, or as researched, trail up and road down. The trail itself is up and down, up and down, and up and down some more, steeply. The slight road return descent is a nice, smooth contrast -- despite a little washboarding -- to the sharp roller-coaster trail, and provides some pretty scenery. Hardier riders will tackle 10.4 miles of singletrack each way, getting revenge on the steep, barely rideable 0.5 miles from the lower trailhead, on which some walking is required. This is an excellent, advanced-level trail through lush old-growth stands and across feeder creeks to the river. The ride constantly alternates short, tough climbs with fun, sometimes rooty, rocky, and twisty descents. There is no bad way to ride this route.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

You can ride the Lower South Fork Skokomish as a 20.9-mile loop taking paved and gravel roads up and the singletrack down, or as researched, trail up and road down. The trail itself is up and down, up and down, and up and down some more, steeply. The slight road return descent is a nice, smooth contrast -- despite a little washboarding -- to the sharp roller-coaster trail, and provides some pretty scenery.

Hardier riders will tackle 10.4 miles of singletrack each way, getting revenge on the steep, barely rideable 0.5 miles from the lower trailhead, on which some walking is required. This is an excellent, advanced-level trail through lush old-growth stands and across feeder creeks to the river. The ride constantly alternates short, tough climbs with fun, sometimes rooty, rocky, and twisty descents. There is no bad way to ride this route.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Shelton
Distance: 20.9
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: June to November
Trailhead Elevation: 600 feet
Top Elevation: 1,200 feet
Local Contacts: Hood Canal Ranger District, 360-877-5254.
Local Maps: Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park map. Green Trails #199 and Mt. Tebo USGS.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/16/2010
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This trail is not for the unskilled very steep root climbs, sharp downhill cuts, rock gardens. At about mile 6 or 7 one should head back, or at the first washout, this trail has been washed out any attempt to go further is not recommended as downed trees and steep terrain pose a threat to ones safety. If you do decide to go further I would suggest you come prepared with iodine tabs, plenty of food, fire starting materiel, basically plan to stay the night just in case. Other than stated above if the trail was to be rehabilitated it would be excellent as the views are breathtaking.



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