Lower South Fork Skokomish #873
Dec 30, 2007
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Lower South Fork Skokomish River
- Region: Olympics -- South
- Agency: Olympic National Forest - Hood Canal Ranger District
- Trails: Lower South Fork Skokomish (#873)
- Avg Rating: 2.50
- Be Aware Of
- Bridge out
- Clogged drainage
- Water on trail
- Snow on trail
Today I got to test out my new snow tires and I'm pleased. I never would have tried to drive in this much snow with out them.
There was about 16 inches of snow at the trail head and I did a lot of post holing. I only made it 5 miles round trip but my legs feel sore. When I stopped to decide if I was too cold and needed to turn around a tree lobbed an ice ball at my head. That made up my mind. Before I turned around I was sinking up to the top of my thighs in the snow. This was only when I had to go off trail to avoid trees. Alder trees bent over the trail formed impenetrable barriers in several places.
The weather changed from sunny and bright to dreary and gray several times. The snow on the ground was melting but snow was still falling from the sky. That always makes for a cold wet hike.
On my drive out I saw dozens of people enjoying the snow. A lot of families had parked on the side of the road and built toasty campfires. The adults stood or sat around the fires while the kids went sledding. I want to try that some time.