Skookum Flats Trail

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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.

4.6 miles
232 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking







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.

1 month ago

Lots of families on this Fathers Day. Very flat as indicated & exposed somewhat. Go early to avoid the burning rays. The falls do have a trail but we only attempted did not go all the way as we had a Sr doggy with us & didn’t’ feel safe. We drove down 410 on the way out & took a look at the actual falls from a distance

2 months ago

Pretty flat trail for the most part. Trail features 2 waterfalls which is nice, walk along some rushing water during some of the hike. Wish you could get closer to the falls, we tried but could only see from a little bit of a distance. Would do this hike again.

2 months ago

We just moved to Washington, and our home goods are still being shipped here so we chose an easier trail that didn’t require much beyond our tennis shoes and workout clothes. We got there at around 9:30, and it was very quiet.
There was an increase in hikers when we were almost back to the parking lot, and there was very little parking there at about 11:30.
I would definitely recommend this to someone who wants to get out and do a hike that won’t take up your whole day.
The falls were gorgeous, but I wouldn’t recommend the last scramble to families with little ones or anyone who can’t do a steep climb on rocks.
However, the whole trail until then was so beautiful and I loved the river views and clear forest streams.
Don’t let rain or an early rise stop you from getting out!

3 months ago

Loved it. Worth the effort to climb the rock scramble to see the waterfall.

4 months ago

parked at the Buck Creek trail head. NW Forest Pass required. Trailhead clearly marked however it leads to you Ranger Creek Airstrip and then there's no direction. Turn right and walk down the road until you see a sign that says trail for hiking and biking. Snow and ice still on trail. we used microspikes no problem. Trail has recently been cleared of downed trees. if you don't want to climb (where the sign says falls) just go over the bridge and you can get a great view. next time I would take two cars and leave one at each end. beautiful trail.

5 months ago

Very icy. Very very icy. We ran into hikers on there way down and they informed us it was icy all the way up. We kept moving forward but we came to a point where it was just constant ice, we weren’t getting much traction and we weren’t getting very far... so we sadly turned back. We’ll try again in a couple of weeks. It has great potential but the ice was out of control.

6 months 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

6 months 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.

6 months ago

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

6 months 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.

8 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.

9 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.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

loved it!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beautiful hike.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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

Monday, May 08, 2017

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

Monday, May 08, 2017

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

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

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

Saturday, January 07, 2017

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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

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).

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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.

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