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Skookum Flats

Choose between a shorter or longer river walk through old-growth forest to a 250-foot cascading waterfall.

The Skookum Flats Trail meanders alongside the White River between the Dalles and Silver Springs Campgrounds, just outside the northeast entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. As the name suggests, Skookum Flats involves little in the way of elevation gain, taking hikers on a gentle tour through old-growth forest, past mossy rocks and fallen trees, with plenty of river views.

If you opt for the shorter, 4.2 mile hike with just 100 feet of elevation gain, begin from the trailhead on FR 73 just beyond the bridge. Once you're on the trail, head south, following the river upstream. If you're after a longer hike, start from the trailhead on FR 7160 and begin your hike northward, heading downstream. From either direction, the trail is wide and mostly free of rocks and roots, making it an ideal outing for all abilities.

When the sound of rushing water begins to overpower the noise of the river, catch glimpses of Skookum Falls through the trees as you approach Skookum Creek - this will be 2.1 miles for the shorter trail option and 3.9 miles for the longer. Just across the water, a sign points uphill with the simple word “Falls.” The bootpath up to the base of Skookum Falls is rough, and spray from the falls can make the path slick. Use caution if you choose to get a closer look. The falls puts on the best show when it’s flowing in full force, usually in late spring and early summer.

Trail Tip: This fairly flat, early-season trail is very popular with dog walkers and mountain bikers, so plan to share the trail and be courteous to all users.
Driving Directions:

From Enumclaw, drive SR 410 east and then south for 25 miles. For the shorter hike, turn right onto FR 73 and drive 0.5 miles to the trailhead just beyond the bridge. For the longer hike, continue south on SR 410 for 5.1 miles and turn right on FR 7160 just over the bridge.

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Skookum Flats — Apr 17, 2014 — Mariah_&_Volly
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This was a rainy thursday afternoon, just my dog and I. We saw only one other person and their dog t...
This was a rainy thursday afternoon, just my dog and I. We saw only one other person and their dog the whole trip.

I started from the FR 73 trailhead, went to the falls and about a mile past before turning around. I also went about halfway up the boot path to the falls, but came back down, not a good path for the dog.


No snow on the trail, no blowdowns to climb over and only a few muddy patches. I saw elk by the river, as well as a couple very charismatic ducks. We had a great time on this trail, very easy and relaxing.
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Skookum Flats — Apr 13, 2014 — pood
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Got to the trailhead by 9, but spent about 20 minutes walking around till I realized there are 2 tra...
Got to the trailhead by 9, but spent about 20 minutes walking around till I realized there are 2 trail entrances at the parking lot for the longer route.

Hike was well graded, no obstruction, and pretty dry except at the falls. There were definitely some slippery areas. There was a tiny bit of snow very close to the falls, but I'm sure has melted since yesterday.

There's also a geocache I found on accident. I wrote my twitter name on a piece of paper on there. Add yours and add me:)
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Skookum Flats — Mar 24, 2014 — cookdoggie
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Started at FS 7160 and hiked downstream to Skookum Falls. That 4 mile segment is now clear; there a...
Started at FS 7160 and hiked downstream to Skookum Falls. That 4 mile segment is now clear; there are 3 small logs to cross and some scattered snow patches easily crossed. Beautiful trail, lots of river access. The 1/4 mile goat trail up to see the falls is another matter. I didn't bother but heard it was nice as the falls are gushing right now.
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Skookum Flats — Feb 23, 2014 — Sheri
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail | Road to trailhead inaccessible
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Parked at the beginning of the bridge with several other cars since the road was not plowed, walked ...
Parked at the beginning of the bridge with several other cars since the road was not plowed, walked to the trail head. Aprox. 4-6 inches of snow on the trail, wore snowshoes for most of it, could have done the trail without and wore Yak Trax, but the snowshoes were handy for most of it. It was lightly raining/snowing but due to the dense forest cover on this trail we hardly noticed it, great hike for a rainy day. When we got to the falls we removed our snowshoes and climbed up the steep bank to the top of the falls. It was pretty slippery due to the snow but with the help of a few protruding branches to pull ourselves up we made it!! (most would probably pass on this part but it was gorgeous up top and we love a challenge!) Perfect little trail if you don't have a full day to hike and the river runs alongside the trail so the scenery is nice.
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Skookum Flats, Sun Top Snowshoe — Feb 21, 2014 — awickens
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail | Road to trailhead inaccessible
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I had planned to go up Sun Top but FS Rd. 73 hasn't been plowed, so I parked just off H-410 and snow...
I had planned to go up Sun Top but FS Rd. 73 hasn't been plowed, so I parked just off H-410 and snowshoed down the road to Skookum Flats trail and to Skookum Falls - which was a better option anyway. Really nice, very easy to follow the trail. Snow was anywhere from a few inches to a foot deep, but most of the trail had close to a foot. Turned out to be a really nice, fairly short and easy trip.
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One of the falls with a wooden bridge over over the creek. Close to the north entrance of trail.
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Location
Skookum Flats (#1194)
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest - Snoqualmie District
Statistics
Roundtrip 7.8 miles
Elevation Gain 300 ft
Highest Point 2550 ft
Features
Rivers
Waterfalls
Old growth
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Wildlife
User info
Good for kids
Dogs allowed on leash
May encounter mountains bikes
Northwest Forest Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Green Trail 238 Greenwater

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