Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Cushman, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November.

DISTANCE
10.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,125 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Hoodsport: Travel south for 7 miles. Turn west on Valley Road and drive about 5 miles to the junction with Forest Service Rd 23. Turn right and proceed for 9 miles to Forest Service Rd 2353. Turn right onto 2353 and drive for 1 mile to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Very cool

hiking
1 month ago

Very pleasant hike. Not too challenging beyond the first few hundred feet of climbing. Not heavily trafficked for a Saturday in June. Saw some folks on horses- beware of the horse poo. Had some fun on the forest service roads - a good area for 4x4 driving.

hiking
2 months ago

Went on 5/19 in the morning (9:15a start - return 2:11p). A little overcast but luckily no rain. The drive up to the trailhead wasn't too bad as it was mostly paved (but gravel between Govey road cutoff and Vance creek viaduct parking.) Trailhead itself has plenty of parking on both side.
The trail overall was good....went about 5.5 miles in. The start as most indicated is the bulk and the largest of the inclines...then you go back down the other side to the river...and the nearly flat trail continues. Noting a couple of spots with big mud puddles where you'll need to traverse over logs on the side. It's fun. As the trail meanders along the river and hillside there are ups and down...but nothing to get alarmed over. Again...it was fun. Once at Comfort Camp (@4 mi) most turn around but go another mile to the lookout point @ mile 5. It's worth it...and it located half way up some switchbacks. lol. i went further but nothing really to see so you can turn around at marker 5 mi.
Good trip overall. lots of bridges, streams and views.
Enjoy.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a lovely and easy hike with a couple of inclines. There were hardly any other hikers in the morning. After 2:00, several folks were on the trail. I hiked past Comfort Camp about a half mile which led to fantastic views!

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this hike! The trail has so much character and the terrain is always changing. Thank goodness the snow was gone(mostly)and all the water we had to pass over was easy to do. Lots of fun obstacles and logs to cross, it was very fun! We went out 6 miles and turned back, so total of twelve miles. Would like to go farther next time, heard something about comfort camp or something, we were trying to reach that but ran out of time. We came across a mountain biker that said he saw a cougar just off the path, so use caution. Our dog growled for no reason, so believe it to be true.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Quite a bit of snow. We got less than a mile in and came across a fast moving steam across the path. It was passable but our boots would have gotten soaked so we didn’t get to finish, so ventured down some other trails, which had even deeper slushy snow, 4-6 inches in places, consistent 3-4inches. Got pretty wet anyway, so wished we would’ve went through the steam and finished the trail. We will definitely go back to finish

7 months ago

Nice hike with great views of the river! Initial up hill is not bad.

trail running
7 months ago

This may not be the most exhilarating trail in the Olympics, but for a long winter hike it was fantastic! The forest was lush and green, there were numerous waterfalls (easy water crossings, but my boots did get quite muddy), and the weather was perfect. I wanted a bit of a challenge so I ran a good deal of it and the trail was clear and easily navigable. If there is another clear day this winter, I would not hesitate to recommend this enough!

7 months ago

I love how the terrain changes as you go. I’ll go back!

9 months ago

Nice trail, but very steep at the beginning.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trails, very accessible with one spot that we had to be a little more careful on while crossing some moving water. Want to go back and keep going to the end sometime soon!

backpacking
11 months ago

great trail, well maintained. I hiked to church creek shelter and stayed the night there before returning.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Great hike. Only saw 2 other people

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Full body workout today climbing over and under fallen trees. It was awesome!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Beautiful! Just the right Amoumt of up n down. Great spot for swimming on the river! Toads everywhere!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

good forest hike. easy for families with young children and dogs. It is a lot of down hill on the way in which you may or may not like...sometimes it's much easier to have a downhill on the way out after a long hike. we had lunch next to the river and took a nice brake to play and throw rocks into the water with the kids.

nature trips
Friday, July 15, 2016

Great views of the mossy forest. Not a super easy trail but it depends on the weather. Parts of the trail can get pretty muddy during periods of rain, trees often fall during the winter, blocking parts of the path( you can usually climb over/around them). Periodic views of the river.

hiking
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

I hiked this with my sister on March 1, 2015. We went out about 5.5 miles and then turned around and hiked back. There were certainly enjoyable parts of the hike, especially the old growth areas. However, we found ourselves getting bored on several sections. You don't get very many river views.

hiking
Saturday, July 26, 2014

We really enjoyed this trail. Easy access on the FS road. We didn't go as far as we wanted be we know that we are going back. My twin brother is coming to visit and do a couple of hikes and this will be one of the trails.

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2012

Awesome! This place is beautiful. Lots of obstacles though. tons of blow downs, snow on the trail, water over the trail. We only made it to the second camp, but that took about two hours. We'll definitely be back... Maybe next week.

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recorded lower fork skonomish river

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