Forest Road 52/Skate Creek Road

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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: 5/7/2021: Road 52 (Skate Creek Road) is officially open for the season. Be aware of possible potholes. Call Cowlitz Valley Ranger District for current information at 360-497-1100. 
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer and Fall
Busiest Season: Summer


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