South Skookum #138

Area Status: Open

The South Skookum Trailhead is located next to the boat ramp area at South Skookum Lake Campground. This non-motorized trail is a 1.3 mile long loop and also includes a 0.3 mile spur trail.  This popular trail follows the west and south shoreline of the lake and offers scenic views of the lake.  For hikers interested in wildlife, deer and moose can frequently be spotted along the edge of the lake.   Other small forest animals and birds can also be observed along the trail.   Five benches, which were installed by a local boy scout troop are scattered along the trail and offer visitors an opportunity to stop and enjoy the scenery.

At a Glance

  • Day use: $5
  • Season Pass for Colville Only: $45
  • Season Pass for Colville and Idaho Panhandle: $52
Open Season: Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend
Closest Towns: Newport, WA
  • Camping: 50% discount for single site camping fees, with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age and Golden Access. Discount not available on double or group sites.
  • Day use: $45 Concessionaire Season Pass accepted. No other recreation passes honored.
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General Information


From Newport, WA:  Follow State Highway 20 north for 15 miles to the town of Usk. Cross the bridge over the Pend Oreille River on the east edge of town and follow the Kings Lake Road (County Road 3389) 8 miles to the junction of Forest Road 5032350 (Kings Mountain). Follow Kings Mountain for 0.5 mile to the campground entrance. The trailhead is located in the campground near the boat ramp.

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Latitude 48.393267 Longitude -117.183693

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Mountain Biking

  • South Skookum Trail #138 and surrounding forest roads provide plenty of mountain biking opportunities.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Day Hiking

  • This non-motorized 1.6 mile trail is suitable for hiking and biking.
Difficulty Level: Easy

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  Area/Length : 
1.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
3, 535 ft. - 3,545 ft.