National Trails Day! South Fork Skokomish

Hood Canal Ranger District

This work party starts at 8:30AM
Sat, Jun 01 to Sun, Jun 02, 2013


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Southeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. The Skokomish River has such a bad habit of changing course, taking old sections of trail with it. So our battle to rebuild and harden an important Olympic Peninsula trail continues. This is a weekend trip, so you are welcome to join us for just one day, or the entire weekend! We'll share a potluck dinner Saturday night, WTA providing the main course.

The South Fork Skokomish Trail is a very old trail that probably began as a Native American route through the Olympic Mountains. The trail meanders through both ancient forest and areas that have seen logging in the more recent past as it parallels the South Fork of the Skokomish River. Today it is a peaceful and beautiful river valley hike. Points of interest include the old LeBar Claim, Camp Comfort, Church Creek Shelter, Laney Camp and Harps Shelter. Olympic Elk (Roosevelt) can be observed throughout the river basin provided one is quiet and does not approach too closely. The upper trail continues on into Olympic National Park ascending toward Sundown Pass, Sundown Lake and Six Ridge. Green Trails #199 Mt Tebo.

Driving directions:
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(at the Fish Hatchery). Drive about 5.6 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road 23. Turn right and uphill 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 right onto FS #2353 and drive 3/4 mile, after crossing the river turn left, drive 0.2 mile to the hiker and biker access trailhead.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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