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North Fork Skokomish River — Mar 22, 2014 — Cheryl
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Water on trail
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NO SNOW all the way to Camp Pleasant,(well maybe one Tiny patch on the trail) The trail is in pretty...
NO SNOW all the way to Camp Pleasant,(well maybe one Tiny patch on the trail) The trail is in pretty good shape, some blow downs but easy enough to go over/under, trail is still pretty wet and just one of the creeks is more than a hop across. I didn't see any Elk at all but signs of them are there on the trail. Back at the car I spoke to two guys who went to Wagonwheel Lake, they said no snow there till above the Lake at Silver Snag.
Spring is here!
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North Fork Skokomish River, Six Ridge — Sep 21, 2013 — rnnrgrl
Day hike
Features: Ripe berries
Issues: Blowdowns | Bridge out | Overgrown
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I started this hike at the Staircase parking lot just inside the national park. You could follow the...
I started this hike at the Staircase parking lot just inside the national park. You could follow the Shady Lane Trail that starts just after crossing the dam if you don't have a park pass. The trail along the river is wide and nearly flat. After passing a large suspension bridge a mile in, the trail goes through an old burn area from 1985 and by a couple signed camp areas. At 3.8 miles the trail forks and you can go to the Flapjack lakes. then again another trail takes off to Black and White Lakes and Smith Lake. I continued on to the bridge crossing the river at 6 miles, and turned left onto the Six Ridge trail just on the other side. This trail is a little challenging to follow but follows the river downstream through the salmonberries for a short while until you reach a ford at Seven Stream. There is a nice camping area here. After the ford, the trail starts to switchback upward for what seemed like 100 switchbacks until you finally reach the ridge. This section of the trail is overgrown and had a few downed logs, though I also saw a couple large ones that had been cut fairly recently. Once on the ridge, the trail doesn't have the same overgrowth problem except the occasional loaded huckleberry bushes which I didn't mind so much. there are peek-a-boo views off either side of the ridge, but because of the clouds below, I didn't get any good pictures. The ridge climbs up and down sharply, and I even encountered a snow patch in one of the lows. As I neared the summit, the trees thinned out (another burn area) and there is a little more exposure, but nothing scary. At the signpost on top I ventured out on the Lake Success Trail, which has a few ribbons marking the way, but it didn't take me too long to lose the trail once the ribbons stopped. I was running out of time so didn't look too hard, and it started pouring anyhow so it was time to head back down.
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Upper South Fork Skokomish River, Six Ridge, North Fork Skokomish River — Aug 31, 2013 — Get High, Stay High
Overnight
Features: Ripe berries
Issues: Blowdowns | Bridge out | Overgrown
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Great weather for a two-day traverse of Six Ridge. The Upper South Fork Skokomish trail is in great ...
Great weather for a two-day traverse of Six Ridge. The Upper South Fork Skokomish trail is in great shape after a couple of WTA multi-day work parties this season. WTA trip is scheduled for Six Ridge in mid-September.

While the Upper South Fork Skokomish trail is clear, the first crossing bridge of the Skokomish is out and requires a crossing on a large cedar log downstream from the old bridge site. look for the trail to this log. The second Skokomish bridge is broken is broken but passable. I expect it will be swept away in high water. Another

Startup Creek was as low as I have ever seen it, but not as low as was experienced by a friend who reported a dry boot crossing a couple weeks ago. There is one old growth log that has been turned into an elevated boardwalk on the long traverse above Startup Creek. That one will need to have a fair amount of saw work and 'spinach' applied to clear the trail.

The huckleberries in the more sun soak slopes were sweet and juicy. Those in a bit shadier habitat were still tart. Chanterelles were out at about 2,500 feet ele. The same ele on on our descent on the east end of the ridge had white chantrelles.

There were minimal logs on the trail from Sundown Pass to McGravey Lakes. From McGravey to Belview Camp there were a few, but nothing even in the realm of inconvenient.

We had a quiet night at Belview. The clear skies made for great star viewing.

The log pace picks up from Belview out to the east end of the ridge before the switchbacks get started. Several of the windfallen messes led to momentary route finding problems. On the descent to Seven Stream there are more logs and more that were annoyances. Fording Seven Stream required a shift to water shoes.

We took advantage of the new suspension bridge on the Staircase Loop to cross the river. We stayed in the shade and closer to the river. It is a big improvement over the slog on the road to trail conversion.
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North Fork Skokomish River — Aug 11, 2013 — LaugheryA
Day hike
Issues: Bugs
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The trail was in great condition! We hiked over the bridge and headed left up the trail to the Flapj...
The trail was in great condition! We hiked over the bridge and headed left up the trail to the Flapjack Lakes junction. We stopped for lunch down Slide Camp. There were a few bees, but they didn't bother us much. You could make this a really short hike/walk by just heading to the bridge and back-or hike further like we did.
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Staircase Rapids, North Fork Skokomish River — Jul 26, 2013 — Meredith
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns
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Dad is 99% recovered from that nasty respiratory thing that he picked up on the cruise ship, but we ...
Dad is 99% recovered from that nasty respiratory thing that he picked up on the cruise ship, but we still wanted something easy for our Friday hike. This trail was perfect. The Skokomish is VERY low right now. I hate to say it, but we really do need a little rain! Everything is looking DRY up there. Trail is in great shape, but there are some blowdowns past the junction to Flapjack Lakes. We hiked to the Madeleine Creek bridge and had lunch there. About 9-10 miles round-trip. Very few bugs, which was a refreshing change of pace after the nightmare that my husband and I endured at Sunrise on Monday.
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North Fork Skokomish River (#110)
Olympics -- East
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