Lower South Fork Skokomish River


Day Hike - Lower South Fork Skokomish River

This hike is intended to give the participants in the Wilderness Skills course an opportunuity to hike in an old-growth forest relatively close to Olympia.

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  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 575 ft

Meet at 7:45 at the former site of Oly Navy store on Cooper Point Road.  The drive enterance is directly across from the enterance to Haggen Foods. Meet in parking lot closest to Cooper Point Rd.  

The Skokomish River trails in the Olympic National Forest travel through some beautiful old-growth forest; are generally moderate to easy hiking trail as they follow the river and are close enough to Olympia to offer quality hiking year round.  This hike will be adjusted in length from 7 miles up to 10 miles depending on the participants’ interest and the trail conditions. Heavy rains may require selection of an alternative destination as the Skokomish River floods occasionally during extended periods of rain.  

The distance we travel will range from 7 miles up to 10 miles depending on the participants interest and the trail conditions.


Lower South Fork Skokomish River

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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