Skookum Flats Trail

EASY 48 reviews

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
295 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.

6 days ago

11 days 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.

11 days 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!

12 days ago

19 days ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

5 months ago

5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Awesome frozen waterfall. Beautiful trail

5 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.