Skokomish Upper South Fork Trail #873

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail wanders through old growth forest and crosses the South Fork Skokomish River and other streams several times before reaching an old avalanche chute at approximately 1.8 miles. The trail then begins to climb up the canyon above the Skokomish River Valley.

This trail is gradual to steep. It travels 4.9 miles to the park boundary and 7.6 miles to Sundown lake within the Park.

Alert!: The trail receives yearly maintenance only up to the park boundary. It is in a primitive condition within the park. Backcountry skills and equipment such as map, compass, and altimeter are highly recommended for traveling beyond the park boundary.

Click here for a printable recreation opportunity guide:  Upper South Fork Skokomish Trail #873 (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/9/14 First creek crossing reported to be tricky, second footbridge is broken
Permit Info: Olympic National Park permit is necessary past park boundary.
Open Season: Early Spring
  • Motorized vehicles and mountain bikes prohibited.
  • This trail is closed to horses at the Park Boundary.
  • Mountain bikes, pets and firearms are prohibited in the Olympic NationalPark.
Closest Towns: Hoodsport, WA
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood Canal Ranger District, Quilcene Office

General Information


Located 22 miles northwest of Shelton in the Skokomish River Recreation Area.

Directions from Highway 101:

  • Travel US Highway 101 to the Skokomish Valley road 6 miles north of Shelton, 7 miles south of Hoodsport.
  • Turn west on the Valley road and drive 5.3 miles to the junction with Forest Service Road #23.
  • Turn right and proceed for 15 miles on FS Road 23 to the junction with FS Road 2361.
  • Turn right on FS Road 2361 (wildlife gate is closed Oct. 1 through April 30) and proceed for 5 miles to the end of the road and Upper South Fork Skokomish Trailhead.


Stock unloading ramp and parking for up to 8 vehicles.



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