North Fork Skykomish Trail 1051

This trail enters Wild Sky Wilderness from the trailhead; the trail follows the North Fork Skykomish River to its headwaters. For the first mile you are hiking on the decommissioned Forest Service 63 road that nature is rapidly reclaiming. At the old trailhead enter old growth primeval forest and it is like entering another world, this section of trail illustrates the beauty and importance of preserving wilderness. At about 2 miles the trail enters Henry M Jackson Wilderness. At mile 3 from the trailhead, you reach the junction with Pass Creek Trail 1053, from here the trail continues through open forest and meadows crossing the North Fork Sky at mile 5. This is a stream ford so be prepared for high water in early season. 

Continue through an open forest clearing into large meadows before the long ascent to Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 junction at Dishpan Gap at 5,600 feet. At this junction, the trail also connects with  Bald Eagle Mountain Trail 650, for a popular 22.5-mile loop back down Quartz Creek Trail 1050.

Washington Trails Association

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer / Fall
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
  • The trail is closed to motorized vehicles and bicycles.
  • Wilderness regulations apply, maximum group size is 12, people and stock combined.
  • Camp in established campsites.
Closest Towns: Skykomish, Washington
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at North Fork Skykomish trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Skykomish Ranger District office at 360-677-2414.

General Information


Access from North Fork Skykomish Trailhead.

Drive US Highway 2 to just west of milepost 50 (located between the town of Skykomish and the Skykomish Ranger Station). Turn north onto Beckler Road #65, toward Beckler River Campground. From US Highway 2 on FS Road #65, drive 15 miles and turn right on FS Road #63. Continue 4.2 miles to the end of FS #63. The old North Fork Skykomish trailhead is 1.5 miles on the old roadbed past the new trailhead, which has lengthened the hike by 1.5 miles.

General Notes:


  • Skykomish Ranger District
  • Green Trails #144

Recreation Map

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Elevation desc 3100/5600
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


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  Area/Length : 
9.5 miles one-way

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  Elevation : 
3100 feet