Lower South Fork Skokomish River

Shelton, Washington 98584

Lower South Fork Skokomish River

Lower South Fork Skokomish River Professional Guide

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"Big trees, a big river, and a big chance—especially during the wet winter months—of seeing some big elk are what you can expect on this well-maintained trail. Follow alongside the free-flowing South Fork Skokomish through groves of big maples and firs, being constantly soothed by the river’s churning and rippling.

NW Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required. This trail is open to stock and mountain bikes. At 5.1 miles, reach an incredible overlook (elev. 790 ft) of the river on a bluff high above a big bend, where the river has taken away bluff and trail in the past."

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Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides)
Nathan and Jeremy Barnes
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"Follow trade paths first cut by the Skokomish Indians on this 8.5-mile hike along the Skokomish River. Although logging has been banned in the Olympic National Forest since the late 1980s, the river here continues to feel the lingering effects of the clear-cuts. The Skokomish continues to be extremely flood-prone, most recently on December 3, 2007, when storm water caused the river to swell to more than twenty times its mean flow, discharging almost 30,000 cubic feet per second. The flood destroyed Camp Comfort, an open section of riverbank that had been a stopping point for hikers of the Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail for generations. This popular hike has some of the best of the Olympics’ flora and fauna and is well worth a visit. Not surprisingly, the trail attracts hikers year-round as well as mountain bikers and equestrians, so expect some company." Read more

Lower South Fork Skokomish River Reviews

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Great trail, there are a few spots where the snow is still a bit deep but I'm am sure that will be gone soon. Over all had a good time. Plenty of things to look at.
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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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An out and back trail. Some good hills to climb in both directions. The streams were a little lacking in water but I'll return when there is more and I'm sure it will be even more spectacular. Trail is well marked. Probably need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to the trail head in the Winter months.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
10.2 miles
950 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Skill Level
Camping, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mt Tebo No. 199, Custom Correct Mount Skokomish-Lake Cushman
Local Maps