Upper South Fork Skokomish Trail

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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, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,026 feet Route Type: Out & Back


horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching



wild flowers


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.

13 days ago

Access road was closed 5 miles from the trailhead. We walked a bit, but were disappointed not to be able to do the trail.

bridge out
5 months ago

Turned around when I came to the bridge that was out. Beautiful hike, just with a few obstacles that were tricky to cross with a doggo. The creek where I turned around demands wading through about a foot of water to cross right now. I just wasn’t feeling it, and figured the trail after crossing would be quite difficult to navigate. Amazing old growth forest though!

5 months ago

Fantastic Trail and Beautiful Camp sites!

Sunday, September 02, 2018

This hike is not hard. Perhaps negotiating the downed tree would cause some to pause. I love this hike for its simplicity, quick venture and ease of access. The river is divine to listen to as you stroll along. Perfect for kids as it has variety to keep them entertained. I love that it’s not crowded. Only saw two families today on the way back to the trailhead.

Friday, July 20, 2018

really nice old growth

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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.

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.

2 months ago

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Friday, July 15, 2016

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