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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
Awesome frozen waterfall. Beautiful trail
This was a beautiful hike that was not crowded at all, but traction is needed. To get a decent picture at the base of the falls requires an adventurous scramble up the hillside. I would highly recommend this hike.
Easy trail with magnificent view of the falls. Might get a little hard for kids ounces you make the assent to the falls at the end, but the path is well marked. Stay left on the way back there are a couple forks that will take you down to the river but the main trial is always on the left on the way back from the falls.
Family/leisure trail. Very limited parking with toilet across from the TH. Trail is well marked and an easy stroll. The only challenging part is where you leave the trail to climb up to the Falls (short steep climb). I only saw 3 other hikers and 1 biker on the trail, but there were other bikers at the TH. The TH is clearly marked, well maintained and easy to find. I saw no trash, but one hiker I talked to said if you get off the trail there is a lot of trash. This a good trail for families and those that just want to walk, but there are no real points of interest (the Falls was dry, probably time of year). I gave it 3 stars because of the lack of photo opportunities (I did see a Bald Eagle flying along the river).
Arrived at the trailhead at 9:45 am. Only 3 other cars, very limited parking. NW Forest Pass or Interagency pass required. Trail conditions were very good. Relatively flat most of the way with a few ups and downs. Lots of trees down, but cleared across the trail. Description of hike has "heavily trafficked." We passed one hiker on the way into the falls, and a couple of biking groups and hikers on the way out. Trail runs parallel to the White River with a couple of opportunities for view/pics. Arrived at the sign for the "falls." Trees down in this area and you can see where other hikers have walked. Trail is steep. Is all the elevation gain in this one spot? Hahaha. Scramble up the trail to the bottom of the falls. Space to sit, catch your breath, have a snack and enjoy the views. Not much spray. Would love to see this hike in the spring time.
very challenging trail for mountain biking. love it, but at the end I got so tired, thought i could make it all the way through.
Nice hike for the family. Didn't go to the end, just enjoyed the trail and the woods.
Great day for a hike! Took the kids and the dogs. Some people said we wouldn't be able to make it to see the falls. But we climbed up and over fallen trees and made it! Great time.