Upper South Fork Skokomish Trail

HARD 3 reviews
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Upper South Fork Skokomish Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hoodsport, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1414 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

From Hoodsport, south 7 miles to Skokomish Valley Road. Turn right and drive 5.5 miles to Forest Service Road 23. Turn right and drive 13 miles to Forest Service Road 2361. Turn right and drive 5.5 miles to the signed trailhead at the end of the road.

backpacking
27 days ago

My boys and I camped overnight at the 2nd crossing (2.2 miles in). There are two nice campsites there; we camped at the one on the west side of the river and it is an excellent site overlooking the river with space for a couple of tents.

Hiking further up the trail we discovered that the South Fork Skokomish river had gone dry. After hiking up the trail about 1/2 a mile, we climbed down into the riverbed and hiked down the dry riverbed back towards our camp. About 50 yards above our camp, water came up from springs in the middle of the riverbed and a little further on a big side creek add lots more water.

Friday, July 15, 2016

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Upper South Fork Skokomish is a beautiful trail. First, you start traveling down a forest road along side there are thimbleberries, huckleberries and mountain huckleberries, and wild ginger as well as some other edible plants. When you get to the start of the trailhead you will find the upper Skokomish sign entering a vast forest of old growth trees. Continue farther down the trail until you begin to here the crashing water of the river below. As you approach the river, you will find one small bridge crossing a stream and a larger bridge crossing over the river. At a distance of about 1.2 miles you come to a section of the river in which the bridge has been washed out. Bummer, until you realize due to natures work there is a fallen tree that will aid you in crossing the river. After crossing the fallen tree the trail begins to climb higher in elevation as you begin to pull way from the river. Crossing another log bridge at 2.4 miles you continue on heading into the national park at 5 miles. Anyone who continues further will come to sundown pass then lake sundown.