Sno-Park: Skate Creek

Area Status: Open

In a mature and varied forest setting interspersed with mountain meadows and geographic features, this park is near Mt. Rainier and surrounding wilderness.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/05/2022: The Sno-Park is open for the winter season. For grooming and plowing updates visit Washington State Parks winter recreation website. Contact the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District for more information (360) 497-1100. Sno-Park permits are required December 1-March 31.
Permit Info: Washington State Sno-Park Permit is required for each vehicle December 1 to March 31. Sno-Park permits are available to purchase online and also at Ashford Valley Grocery in Ashford, Trout Lake Grocery in Trout Lake and the Chelatchie Prairie General Store in Amboy. Sno-park permits help pay for snow removal, trail grooming, sanitation facilities, mapping, trail signs, safety education, enforcement and program administration.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are not allowed in Wilderness areas. Violations of 36 CFR 261 may result in confiscation of equipment, fines up to $5,000.00, and/or six months in jail.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA; Packwood WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District (360) 497-1100

General Information


From Packwood, WA Head go east on Highway US-12 for 0.3 miles. Then go left on Skate Creek Road/Forest Road 52 and drive about 4.3 miles to the entrance to the Sno-park at the Forest Road 47/52 junction.


This site is in a remote forest setting. The parking area is flat, but terrain will be difficult, especially in winter.


Parking area has a 12 vehicle capacity.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

No trails; snow is not dependable due to the low elevation.


Groomed trail to Osborn Mountain area.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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