LeBar Creek

A stunning basic canyon located along the Skokomish.

GETTING THERE

From 101, head west on Skokomish Valley Road. Near the end of the road, you'll encounter a fork. Take the right fork onto Govey Rd., heading steeply uphill. The road becomes dirt. Follow NF-23 (also 2353) towards Lebar Horse Camp. Shortly before the horse camp, you'll take the right fork onto FR-2354, which will cross the Skokomish, and T-Intersect back with 2353. A sign will point you left towards Lebar Horse Camp. Just before reaching the horse camp, park a car at the Lower Skokomish Trailhead. To access the upper trailhead, go back towards the T-intersection, and take the other road (also 2353). Follow that road until it ends. The road gets quite brushy at the end - beware of your paint job on your car. There are a few good pull-outs before it gets brushy.

APPROACH

From the pullouts, it's a 2min walk to a mediocre campsite at the end of the road.

From the campsite, climb over the berm at the north end and follow an overgrown logging grade (aka decommissoned road) northwards about 0.5mi. It's a little thrashy, but there is an old trail that comes and goes. Upon reaching a slide, break off and descend steeply down the ridge (bushwhacking) to LeBar Creek below.

DESCENT 

LeBar is primarily a stunning creek walk, with some simple downclimbs, and a few rappels. While the water is a3+/a4-, the terrain is fairly easy to navigate. Natural anchors are abundant. In the upper creek, there are two  rappels off log jams - both about 40' (a 2-stage rappel may be closer to 60'). In the middle canyon, you'll encounter some of the most impressive log jams you've ever seen. They are mostly stable, but use caution. Bring webbing - they can be rappelled or jumped. The lower canyon narrows up, and includes a 15' jump into a deep pool - this can be rappelled from a log - it can also be lapped for those who love jumping. It also includes a somewhat mandatory technical jump. The jump is 12', with an easy launch and landing, but precision is important (as is checking pool depth) to avoid a large rock. After this jump, there are a few easy downclimbs, and a beautiful creek walk to your car.

The creek walking in Lebar is suprisingly less slippery than others, and the scenery is unbelievable. A great summer day.

EXIT

Walk the creek to the campground - be respectful of campers. Exit to the road, where your car is parked.

EQUIPMENT

Standard canyoning gear including webbing, a wrench and replacement quick links. 

TRIP PROFILE

  • Rappels: 3-5
  • Longest Rappel: 60 feet
  • Approach: ~ 1 mile
  • Exit: ~0.75 mile 
  • Time: 5-7 hours total

NOTES

  • This canyon is rated v3a4III at moderate-low water levels, and v3a5III in early to mid-season. 
  • For more information and recent trip reports from the community, visit the Lebar listing at ropewiki.
  • Difficulty: Basic Canyon
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