Skookum Flats Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is 7.0 miles long and begins at 2,088 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,267 feet. The Skookum Flats - North Trailhead parking is near the trailhead.
Skookum Flats Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Skookum Flats Trail is one of the most entertaining pieces of extreme singletrack in the Pacific Northwest. This popular loop utilizes Skookum Flats Trail, Dalles River Trail, a short stretch on WA 410, and White River Trail. This is an excellent and challenging 11-mile circuit. Difficulty rating for the loop: strenuous. Skookum Flats Trail is a lesson in humility. It is technically demanding, with innumerable roots, rocks, drop-offs, staircase climbs, and switchbacks. Remember, there is no shame in walking; besides, it is better than dying. Beginners and intermediates will enjoy out-and-back excursions from the south end of Skookum Flats Trail. Scenery: Impressive old-growth and the beautiful White River."
--Bennett & Leman, Mountain Bike! Washington (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Across the highway from Ranger Creek, this popular trail runs alongside the river in a virtual dance with the drainage that requires a lot of effort in the technical skills department. Rolling along, this trail doesn’t gain any elevation, but you will have to contend with lots of roots and rocks. It’s a great ride to build your skills, and if necessary, there are several points at which to leave the trail for higher routes or to return to the start."
--Amy & Mark Poffenbarger, Mountain Biking Washington (Falcon Guides).
"A beautiful old-growth woodland walk leads along the White River to a waterfall or, if two cars are available, a bouncy suspension bridge back to the highway. There are a number of river-level campsites and lunch stops where children can safely play in streams and pools. Volunteers from the Washington Trails Association spent days restoring this trail after the disastrous floods of 1995. Families should know that this trail is popular with mountain bicyclists. The majority are friendly and courteous, but caution is advised."
--Joan Burton, Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Santo Criscuolo, Mountain Biking the Puget Sound Area (Falcon Guides).
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