Skookum Flats

Greenwater, Washington

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Listening to the river and looking up into the forest canopy above Skookum Flats gives the impression that the ride will be a tranquil roll through the woods. But just a few pedal strokes into the forest, and fat-tire fanatics realize Skookum Flats is anything but tranquil. In fact, the only thing “flat” about Skookum Flats is the trail’s lack of elevation gain. Skookum Flats can be a severe lesson in humility. The rise in elevation is minimal, but the trail is simply one of the most punishing rides in the Pacific Northwest. Imagine riding over a seething mass of greasy tentacles bubbling up out of the pine needles, dirt rocks, and mud. Mountain bikers who lose focus— and even those who don’t—are routinely and sometimes viciously catapulted out of their saddles. Even strong and experienced riders are sometimes seriously challenged by the constant barrage of natural obstacles. Add in the usual sogginess that goes with riding along the bank of the White River, and Skookum Flats will either improve your technical skills or simply beat you to a pulp. No matter who you are, it will probably do a little of both. Trail surface: Singletrack, gravel access roads, and blacktop.
Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

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Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area

by Santo Criscuolo (Falcon Guides)

Listening to the river and looking up into the forest canopy above Skookum Flats gives the impression that the ride will be a tranquil roll through the woods. But just a few pedal strokes into the forest, and fat-tire fanatics realize Skookum Flats is anything but tranquil. In fact, the only thing “flat” about Skookum Flats is the trail’s lack of elevation gain. Skookum Flats can be a severe lesson in humility. The rise in elevation is minimal, but the trail is simply one of the most punishing rides in the Pacific Northwest. Imagine riding over a seething mass of greasy tentacles bubbling up out of the pine needles, dirt rocks, and mud.

Mountain bikers who lose focus— and even those who don’t—are routinely and sometimes viciously catapulted out of their saddles. Even strong and experienced riders are sometimes seriously challenged by the constant barrage of natural obstacles. Add in the usual sogginess that goes with riding along the bank of the White River, and Skookum Flats will either improve your technical skills or simply beat you to a pulp. No matter who you are, it will probably do a little of both. Trail surface: Singletrack, gravel access roads, and blacktop.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 11.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: Year-round, weather permitting
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Washington Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Sun Top
Driving Directions: Directions to Skookum Flats

Recent Trail Reviews

9/3/2007
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Not a bad ride. Very typical of Northwest riding outside of Oregon. There was some good scenary and some technical challenges. If you are looking for a good training ride or good speed this is not the ride.


8/22/2007
0

This is a good choice, whether ridden in combination with other trails or not. The technical challenges are there but can be ridden around if needed. The views are great, the terrain is rugged and reasonably technical, and Rainier is hovering close by. As of this August of 2007 this was the sole mountain biking trail from Washington that was selected by the IMBA as an IMBA Epic trail. And it is well deserved.


9/6/2004
0

This is one of the best known rides in the area, but not one of my personal favorites. It's good for people that don't want to climb, as it's mostly flat with a few ups and downs along the way. But if you are looking for a shorter ride to train on, or wanting to add to another ride in the area to form a longer loop (Dalles Ridge or Sun Top), this is a nice option to have.



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