Forest Road 52/Skate Creek Road


Forest Road 52, also known as Skate Creek Road, travels east to west, between Packwood and Elbe.  FR 52 is a paved road that has had low maintenance for a number of years.  Please watch your speed.  There are a number of slumps and potholes in the road.

FR 52 travels through low elevation forest following beautiful Skate Creek.  The forest contains evergreen and deciduous trees.   And offers beautiful fall colors and plenty of cooler temperatures in the summer.  The area offers several dispersed camping sites and fishing in the creek.

In the winter months, FR52 is often gated closed when the snow gets too deep to drive safely.

Tacoma Power and the WDFW will NOT be stocking Skate Creek with catchable trout in the future.  This is in order to comply with new State regulations prohibiting stocking catchable trout species in anadromous waters.  Skate Creek qualifies as “anadromous waters” because of the ongoing salmon/steelhead reintroduction program for the upper Cowlitz River.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 04/25/19: Skate Creek Rd will be opening for the Summer/Fall season on April 26.  Call the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District for updates.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer and Fall
Busiest Season: Summer


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