The 13,015 acre Mt. Skokomish Wilderness is located in the southeast portion of the Olympic National Forest, north of Lake Cushman in Mason County. This Wilderness includes very steep terrain ranging in elevation from 800 feet near Lake Cushman to the 6,612 foot summit of Mt. Stone. Other major peaks include Mt. Skokomish 6,434', Henderson 6,000', Pershing 6,154', and Washington 6,255'. Barren ridges and numerous steep-faced rock outcrops are present throughout this Wilderness.
Stands of old-growth occur on the lower slopes consisting primarily of Douglas-fir, western hemlock and western red cedar. At the upper elevations, subalpine fir and western white pine give way to rock and scattered alpine vegetation commonly found in the subalpine and alpine zones.
The Hamma Hamma River is the only major stream flowing through the Wilderness. Mildred Lakes are a popular destination in the Wilderness.
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At a Glance
Mount Skokomish Wilderness is within the South Hood Canal area.
Trails that access Mount Skokomish Wilderness
Mildred Lakes Trail #822 - This 4.5 mile primitive trail has extremely steep pitches and is the major access into the Wilderness. The elevation gain on this trail is 2,100 feet and is considered most difficult.
Mt. Rose Trail #814 - This 4.8 mile trail provides steep access to the summit of Mt. Rose at the southern end of the Wilderness and is considered most difficult.
Putvin Trail #813 - It is 3.0 miles to the Olympic National Park boundary. Accesses the north portion of the Wilderness and is very steep and is considered most difficult.
Mt. Ellinor #812 - This trail is 3.1 miles in length.
Mt. Steel USGS Quad or Mt. Skokomish-Lake Cushman Custom Correct Map.
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The Mt. Skokomish Wilderness has excellent opportunities for backpacking, mountain climbing, fishing, and camping. There are over 13 miles of trail inside the Mt. Skokomish Wilderness. Wilderness visitors should always carry rain gear and adequate clothing, food, and backpacking equipment. Proper boots and clothing should be worn. Leave No Trace.