South Fork Skokomish Trail - Laney Camp
Hood Canal Ranger District
This work party starts at 8:30AM
Southeast Olympic Peninsula. Now that spring is here, we'll begin to revisit maintenance and any necessary trail reconstruction on the lower portion of this trail. Note that we'll meet at the Fish Hatchery and then carpool to the trailhead. Our battle to rebuild and harden this important Olympic Peninsula trail continues!
This trail meanders through ancient forest and parallels the South Fork of the Skokomish River. Points of interest include the old LeBar Claim, Church Creek Shelter and Harps Shelter. Olympic Elk (Roosevelt) can be observed throughout the river basin provided one is quiet and does not approach too closely.
From Highway 101 (which goes north from Olympia to the Olympic Peninsula) turn west onto Skokomish Valley road, 6 miles north of Shelton or 7 miles south of Hoodsport. Drive about 5.6 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road 23. Turn right onto FSR 23. The road is paved except for a small section of gravel; stay on the main route until you arrive at a fork in the road after another 9.4 miles (15.0 from the US 101). Turn left, uphill, signed for Spider Lake and Skokomish Trail. (Note that the right turn, onto FSR 2353, is also signed for Skokomish Trail as well as Brown Creek C.G. Do NOT turn right.) Proceed on the the now-gravel FSR 23 for another 4.4 miles (19.4 from US 101) to another Y. Turn right onto FSR 2361 (signed but only after a gate and not visible from the Y). Proceed another 4.0 miles (23.4 from US 101) to the 700 spur of FS 2361 on the right. Take this narrow spur road slowly to the parking area at the end or park along the road just above it and walk down to the end of the spur. If you get to the end of the road without seeing the 700 spur you have gone too far.
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GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head
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