South Fork Skokomish River Trail

Shelton, Washington 98584

South Fork Skokomish River Trail

South Fork Skokomish River Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Here is a short hike to a riverbank through old-growth forest with several attractions for children. In 1.25 miles they can reach a river with wide sand and gravel bars. On the way (if there is solitude) they can look for elk and deer; in the spring they may even see elk calves and deer fawns. Mother elk and deer shelter their babies in secret, nest-like hideaways.

If you should approach a hidden fawn, the mother deer will act nonchalant, to fool you into thinking she has no fawn nearby. In contrast, a mother elk is likely to charge you to protect her calf. If you find a baby wild animal, the best policy is to leave it alone. Most likely the mother is nearby. The old trees have mossy carpets beneath them, ornamented with ferns, trilliums, and three-lobed sweet-after-death. But the drop to the river level is steep, and the climb back up will be a pull for little children. Be prepared to encounter mountain bikers who love this trail, too."

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Trail Information

Shelton
Nearby City
14.5
Distance
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Duration
April-November
Season
650 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,050 feet
Top Elevation
Olympic National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 199 Mount Tebo
Local Maps

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Jul 2018