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 offers a number of activity options 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

hiking

mountain biking

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

The bathrooms are still closed due to COVID-19. 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.

hiking
23 hours ago

Trail is very easy, little elevation change throughout. Trail is poorly marked in places, it was hard at times to pick the trail up again after passing through a campground. The trail itself was in good condition.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
1 day ago

Great family trail. The waterfall is difficult to see because of all the over grown trees but still worth the hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Great mellow trail. Lots of great view points along the water on the way to waterfall. Once you get close to the falls the trail is straight up incline but once you get to the falls it is so beauitful... and wet. Will come again!

hiking
2 days ago

At the trailhead on a Friday around 10:30AM with plenty of parking still available, but the restroom is still closed. An easy walk in the woods with not much mud, and only one large blown down tree to navigate. Not too many folks on the trail today... one group of 5 guys on mountain bikes and maybe a dozen or more folks, lots of doggos, but all were well behaved. "Social distancing" totally do-able. The last scramble up to the falls is a little difficult, but you can do it. Maybe not advisable for little kids, but totally worthwhile for everyone else.

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blowdown
3 days ago

Great easy walk with my pup.

very wonderful hike with perfect amount of shade and sun breaks. Every once in a while there is something new and interesting to see and explore which makes the hike entertaining. Getting to the top of the falls is quite the climb (almost upward... appx~50-60degree slope?) but it is only for a very short time and completely worth it!

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5 days ago

Hiked 5/27. Lovely basically flat trail through old growth forest along the river. You can see just how many trees have come down in a few areas, most have been cleared. River access in a couple areas. Steep scramble up to the base of the falls. Good hike for kids (though probably not the waterfall part). The trail keeps going past the falls turnoff so you can make it longer.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail. Short, steep trek to the falls but totally worth it. Loved hanging out at the river flats... beautiful spot for a family hike!!

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blowdown
muddy
9 days ago

A great, easy hike through the woods along the White River. The waterfall was worth the slight side trip and there was a lot more water volume than the last time I was here. There were quite a few people but the spacing was fine for proper distancing. There were definitely more groups beginning their hikes as we were leaving. Parking spots were limited but there were several spots along the road. Be careful of the huge pothole at the end of the bridge if you are in a low vehicle. We arrived at 10:30 AM and left around 3:00 PM. The trailhead bathroom facilities were closed to the public so plan ahead. Trail condition was great overall except for a couple blow-downs and some muddy spots.

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muddy
rocky
16 days ago

Tough, muddy, wet and rocky incline to get up the base of the waterfall if you aren't as sure-footed. Nice easy-to-moderate hike without much elevation at all elsewhere on the trail. Definitely a few larger potholes for low-clearance vehicles to navigate at trailhead. Lots of good view openings towards the river as well.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike not crowded and beautiful scenery

great hike for kids!

hiking
1 month ago

A fine walk in the woods, not too much mud, very little vertical (we had the puppy with us). A few hikers who mistook the trail for an off leash dog park - be warned. The falls are a nice payoff at the turn.

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muddy
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Awesome trail, great walk with the dogs. Parking lot is closed but you are able to park on the street.

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1 month ago

Easy walk along the river. Nice river views. Fun scramble to waterfall @ the end!!

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1 month ago

Went a couple months ago, really fun trail, I tripped over the many tree roots sticking up.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike to do with the family. Nice views along the way

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blowdown
2 months ago

A very nice little walk along the White river to the flats. Trail in pretty good shape. One tree down.

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flooded
muddy
3 months ago

This trail is good if you want a low trafficed flat trail. However, when I went today the trail was flooded out half way threw. It was about knee deep in some places. You can get around it by walking up the side or on logs. I mean my dog didn’t have any problem romping in the water so I guess I was being a baby about it. Anyway awesome trail really pretty, I will definitely be going back in the summer.

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muddy
snow
4 months ago

Hiked this trail on January 25th. With little hikers as 3-year old. Unfortunately, we did not have proper footwear and had to turn around probably midway. It was swampy with melting snow. Snow was not little and, in some areas, close to 8-12 inches. The road to parking lot from main highway was okay and we were okay on a minivan. Some small cars had to spin when taking out of parking lot, but they made out okay. We had a dog with us and at one time dog started barking into the woods in front of us, then growling, and then got so scared to the point of getting behind us. We all 2 adults and 3 children were trying to sea what was there, but nothing could be spotted or heard. After few minutes we continued our way and made back to parking lot safely. If we didn’t have our golden retriever with us, we would not even know that there was something watching us, and it was not a bonny, raccoon, squirrel or bird. Our dog sees those often and does not even bark at them, not talking about growling. It seams to be very easy hike and we will definitely come back when the weather gets better.

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icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

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