Skookum Flats Trail

EASY 73 reviews
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Skookum Flats Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Buckley, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
232 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

walking

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Mostly shady with large old growth trees. View of the waterfall is obstrucked by vine maples. Hike up the east side of the Skookum creek for partial view of the waterfall. west side of the creek is a difficult rock scramble.

9 days ago

This was an amazing hike ! Had a little bit of everything you would want to see ... views of the river were so peaceful and the true reward was the falls

hiking
28 days ago

This is a perfect trail to get out on with family as it is an easier hike if you don't do the rock scramble! We went in January and there was a light dusting of snow and the falls were still flowing and looked quite magical. Lots of downed trees but trail is well maintained and most have been cleared from the trail. There are several small bridges to cross as well, the view of falls is through the low brush but you can rock scramble closer for better views. Trail head parking was clear but in the past few weeks it had been icy so be prepared with your vehicles in Winter.

1 month ago

this hike was kind of flat in some area. The falls were gorgeous to clim to.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is in great shape, and it's not that steep. It is also accessible during the winter. The doggie and I thoroughly enjoyed the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful today on the trail. Only saw a few others. Great parking with bathroom. Trail in great shape and only a couple muddy places.

hiking
3 months ago

Great day for the trail. there ares a couple missing signs but just stay right when the trail split at about the 3 mile mark. The falls where going strong. Only a couple of other people out on the trail.

6 months ago

We didn't make it to the Falls. The trails were poorly marked. A few spray painted arrows on the ground. We stayed to the left with the many trails along the way, crossed a small bridge, which then brought us to the river. It was a spectacular view with a small beach.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike. Pass is required. Pretty easy hike. Except the last bit of it is 300 ft straight up. Pretty difficult actually. Nice view. The falls on were really tall and a bit more than a trickle. It's been so dry out. The hike was along a river with lots of trees. Watch out for mountain bikers.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike! Although there isn't a a lot of elevation gain until the falls, there is still beautiful scenery all around to enjoy. The scramble to the falls at the end was a challenge, but exciting for us and our 11 and 13-year old sons. Trailhead is across the street.

hiking
7 months ago

loved it!

7 months ago

Beautiful hike.

8 months ago

fun hike and great for kids! the last part up to the falls is very steep and may be difficult for kids under 7 yrs old. very well worth it though.

8 months ago

this was an amazing hike! I having been camping in this area for the last 4yrs. and have never been on this trail! The waterfall is worth it. the hike is east in and out, but when you get to the sign that says falls➡️ it is a very steep and slippery hike up to the falls! I did it just fine and will be bringing my girls 9 and 5! i think it will be a bit difficult for them but they can make it! Just be careful when climbing this last part! Have fun!

Great with my 8 year old son. We enjoyed this trail quite a bit

backpacking
9 months ago

Lots of off leash dogs on the trail. Pretty popular hike, met lots of people. Very little trash on it around the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Arrived today about 11ish. Need NW Forest Pass or America the Beautiful. Two trailheads for this hike. Shorter hike off FS 73, longer hike off FS 7160. Hiked the longer trail, about 7.5mi. No snow, no bugs. Hiking with a group of 10 that included 3 children under 11. Trail sign at one end of the parking lot, but trail went to the camp site. Walked back to the parking lot and entered the trail at the trail sign across the street from the parking lot. Limited signage and we did not bring a map. Came to a fork in the trail, followed the sign to Buck Creek. Another fork in the trail, stayed to the right that went down hill. Crossed several foot bridges. Small waterfalls and a couple areas with water going over the trail. Trail was wet but no standing water. Almost turned around but another pair of hikers said the hike to the falls was 5 minutes up the trail. Arrived at the falls sign, stopped for lunch, then hiked up about 50 yds to the bottom of the falls. Absolutely worth it. Trail shared with mountain bikes, saw a couple.

hiking
9 months ago

word to the wise...need a national forest pass not discovery pass... I forgot to check which pass was needed and got a ticket.

Fantastic hike among some older growth! absolutely worth the drive out there and will be coming back.

Great workout heading up to the falls if you want to get closer.

excellent place for photography.

10 months ago

Beautiful day to explore around the falls and river! Some patches of ice, but easy to maneuver and good traction.

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

Snow heat definitely needed. We made it to the falls with microspikes thankfully can't imagine trying it without gear. Very icy. We took our pup she did well. There were quite a few people on the trail. The frozen falls were beautiful.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Awesome frozen waterfall. Beautiful trail

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