Explore the most popular birding trails near Buckley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Skookum Flats Trail

hiking
10 days ago

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

Still to much snow to drive any further than Coplay lake.

hiking
26 days ago

went late April. had to park 3miles from trailhead. after post holing between knee and waste depth for several hours we turned back. bring snowshoes probably for another few months. views on road were still nice

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 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.

backpacking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails. Awesome views. Lots of wild berries. Over nighter with the place all to my self! Hiked years ago so late post. Just digging up old pics. August 2012

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

hiking
3 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.

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

hiking
4 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.

Road is completely undriveable at this point in the year. Extremely rocky terrain, as you approach 3 miles out from the trail, it starts to get really snowy. We had to turn around and never got to the trailhead. I would avoid until the spring.

on Carbon River Road

off road driving
5 months ago

Had a blast wheeling my stock jku rubicon.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 months ago

My most favorite hike

hiking
6 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Frustratingly, we never got to the lake. About a mile in, at Twin Lake, the trail forks. There is no sign and the trail that turned out to be the one to Summit Lake appears closed with the bridge down and red caution tape around the trees. We took the trail to the right and climbed about a mile or so before hikers coming down told us we were headed to Bear Head summit. By then the less experienced hikers in our group didn't feel they could make it back down the way we had come plus continue to the lake so we had to cut our hike short.

It's a nice trail and we'll probably try again in the future.

I weny backpacking in labor day weekend. we went early in the mirnin, not a lot of people going up the trail yet. it was fairly easy to do with our backpacks. i lost my breath on some switch back, but not too bad. there wasn't a lot of people camping so we had no trouble choosing out spot. the view is gorgeous. we woke up early in the morning to go see the sunrise from the top of the summit. definitely a must!

hiking
8 months ago

It was a great hike. Nothing to strenuous but you can still work up a sweat if that's your goal. It is a MUST to continue around the lake! There are a couple of side trails that lead to some excellent views. I will be doing this hike many more times in the future!

Beautiful hike! It's a long way up and a good workout, definitely will take this hike again.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful!! Like the other reviews, the last part of the route (road) getting there is tough). A very rough road. On Tuesday, the wildfire smoke was so bad we could not see Mt. Rainier which would have been largely present. Other than that, it was wonderful! We got there early around 8:30 and there were only 2-3 cars in the parking lot. We basically had the lake and trail to ourselves. We continued (right) around the lake up to the ledge for lunch. Be sure to do that! Amazing views! The wild blueberries and huckleberries are ripe and delicious. They were all over. The hike was not difficult and at a steady climb. Would do again!

backpacking
8 months ago

My boyfriend and I hiked this last weekend with our two dogs! not only were people on the trail extremely friendly, but the views were phenomenal! we stayed off of the trail the first night, and then stayed at the end one night. A direct view of Mt Rainier and some beautiful lakes, mountain ranges, sunrise/sunset & a city lit up at night. make the trip. do this hike.

backpacking
9 months ago

This was my first backpacking trip! The road up is quite rocky, but luckily my car handled it well. I would feel very uncomfortable taking a small car up this road, though!

The trail was beautiful that day, and well maintained.
At the top, Summit Lake is beautiful and was sooo warm!

Unfortunately our over night trip was not so fun when the rain and wind picked up big time and we were not so prepared for rain - our bad! But other than that everything was great. Would love to go back!

Beautiful hike, well maintained. The 6 mile gravel road is very rough but fine if you go slow. We did the loop around the lake and loved the views! Will do again.

hiking
9 months ago

the hike was pretty nice and so was the lake, unfortunately got two flat tires coming down the horrible road.

This side of the park is much less visited. This trail was a bit overgrown, but that was welcome considering how worn the main area is. A bridge midway through the loop is out (has been for a while) and impassable. The loop is short enough you can make two out-and-backs to cover the whole loop.

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.

backpacking
9 months ago

We went over the weekend when there was still a lot of haze, and still found it incredibly beautiful. We drove up in our car despite all of the warnings of others. The road is as bad as they say, if not worse! We had to drive about 5 MPH the whole way (added 40 minutes to the estimated time of google maps), and even then were scared of popping a tire. We made it, however, but would not do it again in a car.

The lake isn't freezing cold, so wading in it on the hot day was rewarding. The mosquitos weren't bad at all- but the horseflies were awful!! Didn't know flies could bite until this trip..

Oh, and that camping spot that everyone raves about? There really is only one with that view, and be there early to get it. We got to the trailhead at 8:00 A.M. and were able to snag it, but others came up after us looking for it. The only downside is you have to trek down to the lake for water or play, but it's not bad. The upside? It's super close to the summit for sunset, and you do NOT want to miss sunset at the summit.

There were a lot of trout in the lake, and my husband was able to catch one! Lots to do at this lake.

Overall, this trip was incredible, despite it being busy and smoky from the B.C. fires!

backpacking
9 months ago

The road to the trailhead is rough & has large potholes & rocks. Besides clearance, owners of small cars should probably consider the fact that rocks could pierce tires on normal passenger vehicles. Regardless, I saw a couple of small low clearance cars make it to the trailhead. The trail itself is great. Tons of wildflowers! The lake was beautiful but the view was slightly affected by the smoke from the Canadian fires which made it hard to fully appreciate. Going to the lookout at the top is a must! It has gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier, Summit lake, Colplay Lake & the surroundings. By the way, don't forget the mosquito net! You will need it.

easy hike up the Forrest service road is real bad we drove up in a 4x4 truck would not advice driving up in a car big rocks.

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.

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