Skookum Falls

Skookum Flats Trail #1194


Total Distance: 4.5 mi (return)
Estimated Time: Unknown
Average Grade: 1.7%
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: 200 ft
Start Elevation: 2198 ft
Max Elevation: 2398 ft


From Enumclaw, drive east on state Route 410 about 24 miles to the Huckleberry Creek Road (Road No. 73) and turn right. Continue about a half-mile to the signed trailhead just past the bridge, elevation 2,200 feet. Park on the right side of the road -- the trail begins on the left.


The Skookum Flats Trail (No. 1194) east of Greenwater off Highway 410 is a gem year-round. In winter it feels like a real hiking trail when most routes are under snow, and in spring it is a pleasant forest hike with views of a pair of tiered waterfalls, 250-foot Skookum Falls.

Later in the year, these falls dwindle to mere trickles, so hike the trail now while the scenery is at its best.

Be aware that mountain bikers frequent this trail.

The trail is easily accessed from the "lower" trailhead from Huckleberry Creek Road (Forest Service Road No. 73) or the southern trailhead at Buck Creek Road (Forest Service Road No. 7160). THis is a fine trail suitable for hikers of all ages and abilities.

The White River past you as slowly ascend toward the mid-point on the trail. In the Spring wild flowers bloom along the trail. Yellow violets, trilliums, salmonberry and vanilla leaf are either in full bloom or just beginning to bloom.

The trail begins from the Huckleberry Creek Road about 24 miles east of Enumclaw, elevation 2,200 feet.

The trailhead is signed, with room for several vehicles.

The trail is easy to follow, though you may encounter muddy sections. The old-growth trees along the route are magnificent and unofficial paths lead to river bars.

The trail stays mostly level and at about 1.5 miles becomes rocky as it approaches the cliffs from which Skookum Falls plummets. Getting closer to the waterfall is not really that hard, but there is some rough scramble paths that lead to the base of the falls, you may encounter wet brush and slippery rocks.

From the Skookum Falls mid-point, the trail crosses Skookum Creek below the waterfall and continues to a suspension bridge over the White River in just another two miles.

Hikers also can continue on the Skookum Flats Trail to the southern trailhead at Forest Service Road No.

7160 (Buck Creek Road), elevation 2,400 feet (about six miles from the Huckleberry Creek Road).

TRAIL DATA: From Forest Service Road 73 to viewpoint of Skookum Falls is about 4 miles round trip, 100 feet elevation gain. From Road No. 73 to trail No. 1169 (and access to Camp Sheppard), it is about 4 miles round trip, elevation gain 300 feet. From Road No. 73 to Forest Service Road No. 7160 it is about 11 miles round trip, with 200 feet gain.

INFORMATION: The map is Green Trails No. 238 Greenwater. Call the Snoqualmie Ranger District for the White River area at 360-825-6585 for additional information and/or current conditions. No ATVs or horses are allowed on the Skookum Flats Trail.

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