Sno-Park: Skate Creek

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

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: 04/12/2021: Sno-park pass no longer required for the remainder of winter season. Trails are no longer being groomed and roads no longer plowed however area is still open for winter recreation.
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

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.

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