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Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail

MODERATE 84 reviews
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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

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
over grown
2 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.

4 months ago

it was awsome will do this trail more

hiking
4 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
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

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

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.

Lovely trail saw 2 salamanders ! Lots of big cedars.

7 months ago

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.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
washed out
8 months ago

great trail lots of water crossings, some fairly deep full height hiking boots, but some great views and sounds of the river rushing by.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike in mostly flat terrain except for the beginning and the end. The river is gorgeous and there are some down trees but you can get around them.

hiking
9 months ago

A tree was down so we had to hike in to get to the trail. It had been windy and rainy for the week prior so the trail had quite a few trees down and it was washed out in areas. We stopped about 4 miles in because we lost the trail. It still was a great hike, but you will need waterproof boots and gear.

10 months ago

Even with all the recent rain and wind this trail was in great shape. Beautiful hike. Great mix of up and down and flat. The road getting there was littered with falling rocks and flooded spots. Not safe in dark but doable in any car otherwise.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail, even after several days of heavy rain. Well maintained. Beautiful impressive old growth trees as the trail follows the river. Several small, but pretty stream crossings, didn’t get wet. Great for kids.

hiking
Tuesday, October 09, 2018

This is a great trail for autumn hikes. The trail isn’t overly difficult in any spot. The trees were changing colors with the river asa backdrop - very pretty. There is a stream crossing that, in springtime, will get your feet wet. This IS a dog-friendly trail, just please leash your pooch.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Nice hike. Most of the hike is flat with the exception of the first mile.

hiking
Monday, September 03, 2018

For some reason I bought a ticket to a 1pm movie, but didn't want to skip out on getting this hike done today. Got to the trailhead at 7:30am and tried to keep my pace brisk the whole way, minimizing any side adventures. I did go out to the riverside to enjoy the panorama. As many have said, you'll be climbing then descending a bit dramatically right at the start, while the rest is fairly flat with some spurts of ups and downs. Nice mix of experiences: completely silent old growth, dense fern ground cover, river sounds, a variety of bridges, very small water crossings (more like step overs) and a mess of sizable logs and tree roots. It feels like a quintessential pacific northwest hike. Next time I'll give myself a whole day to explore more of the side paths and maybe even get wet in the river. And I JUST made it to the theater as the trailers were ending. Whew! It was quite a workout.

hiking
Sunday, July 08, 2018

Very cool

hiking
Sunday, July 01, 2018

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
Saturday, May 26, 2018

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
Monday, March 12, 2018

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
Sunday, January 28, 2018

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

Monday, January 15, 2018

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

running
Monday, January 15, 2018

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!

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