Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail

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Olympic National Park

Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hoodsport, 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

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

NOTE: It has been reported that the parking lot is CLOSED due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

backpacking
7 days ago

Nice hike and great for kids. This trail is a great starter if your are wanting to get your kids into backpacking. My son took his first overnighted backpacking here and did great. He's 11. There are plenty of places to go explore down by the river too. Beautiful country with lots of Elk sign.

backpacking
8 days ago

Really nice gentle hike. No crazy hills but also not a ton fo views. But a peaceful walk in the woods. I camped by the river midway through the trail. Not too crowded and the trail conditions were excellent. No blowdowns to speak of other than a couple of easily stepped over logs.

hiking
10 days ago

Maybe 2 or 3 good spots to sit and enjoy the river over a 5 mile hike. Can follow side trails to get closer. The many creek crossings were cool. There is nothing at the end of this 10.1m out/back besides the last view. Was a decent hike, probably not worth the forest service road drive from 101 when the Lake Cushman hikes are just up the road.

hiking
blowdown
19 days ago

Nice hike with only a few minor blow downs. There were multiple small stream crossings and little mud today. I went to Camp Comfort then took the trail that takes you to the forest road, eventually passed LeBar Horse Camp and back to the car to make a nice 10 mile loop. Trailhead closed so just park on the other side of the bridge. Multiple spots.

backpacking
20 days ago

hiking
muddy
28 days ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

This is a great time to hike this trail. The ranger station advised that the trailheads are closed however you can still use the trails. No bugs, the trail was dry, a few easy stream crossings, wildflowers blooming, and I encountered just one other hiker all day. There were a few blowdowns near the upper end however they were easy enough to get over or under.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was in good condition. Only scattered spots of mud. A couple of the creek crossings were about middle of my shin deep (I’m 6’3”) so we had to jump from stone to stone or clear the gap to keep our feet dry. 10.51 miles round trip on my watch. Only a few trees down across the trail but easily crossed or ducked under.

Great sunny afternoon! Trail was in good condition. Probably 25-30 cars parked in and around the parking area. Occasionally came across people but not too bad.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a fun hike for a sunny day in the midst of our recent "physical distancing" mandate due to the Covid-19 virus. There were not many people on the trail and it was a pretty easy hike for us. Everyone we came across was clearly attempting to keep a 6 foot distance in order to avoid virus issues. The trail was in good shape with only a few muddy spots. It is a very easy hike with only about 800 feet of elevation gain.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
washed out
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

I would love to do this beautiful trail when it hasn't been raining so hard, as it was very muddy and lots of water on the trails, making it extremely difficult to navigate. Trails were almost impossible, they were so full of water. Couple of spots where we had to cross the stream and it was very full, and very fast. Little nerve racking. Eventually, after about 3 miles, I had to call it a day. Too much mud for me.

muddy
over grown
7 months ago

Wet, cold and muddy. Some of the trails are very narrow with shrub/bush overgrowth. Would be a great hike for summer or a dry fall day.

hiking
over grown
10 months ago

I was here about a month ago and a decent portion of the trail was pretty overgrown. It was still a nice hike though and the river was beautiful.

11 months ago

it was awsome will do this trail more

hiking
11 months ago

nice long walk for the day. trail was great, not too many bugs or mud. a few blow downs, but nothing hard to navigate. Awesome weather and views.

backpacking
blowdown
bugs
Sat May 11 2019

Backpacked from Lower parking lot up 4 miles to Camp Comfort. With 25 lbs on board, hiking is a little more difficult. It was a hot day and did not have to worry about water as there are countless streams running down the hillsides to the Skokomish River. There were several good places to put up a tent on the river at Camp Comfort at 4 mi. It was kinda buggy in the evening but not too bad (yet). One other person was camped in my area at Camp Comfort and 2 folks were hammock camping across the river. The sound of the river was lovely background music. Next morning was slightly overcast and about 48 degrees F. Meandered for about 3 hours before packing up and returning to the trailhead. Only a few blowdowns that were easily navigable. Saw fresh bear tracks in camp, 1 coyote, 2 garter snakes, about 10 dogs and 30 people over the course of 36 hours.

hiking
off trail
over grown
scramble
snow
Sun May 05 2019

Drove forest roads to west end of Dry Creek trail. No people. Saw quail and a garter snake. Great adventure. Would love to backpack the area.

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

Great trail with river access. I’ve done this trail many times and there is usually some mud but it was completely dry this time. Beautiful forest and wild flowers are out now. Had a great hike

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

Not many people on it in the morning but lots on the way back. Several.muddy spots, streams and logs to cross. overall in good condition. Saw lots of Trillium and salmonberry flowers.

hiking
Wed Apr 17 2019

Lovely trail saw 2 salamanders ! Lots of big cedars.

Sun Mar 17 2019

Snow on the road to the trail. Got stuck in my car for a bit and needed some 4 wheel-drives to help out. They had also turned around due to the conditions. I'm sure the trail is nice though.

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