Church Creek–Satsop Lakes

This trail is a moderate to strenuous trail that passes through diverse terrain including old growth forest, gorges, waterfalls and lakes. The trail was adopted by our Olympia Branch at the request of the U.S. Forest Service to help re-open the trail as a multi-use trail in the southern portion of forest.

getting there

From Shelton travel north on US-101 for 7 miles, turning left at Milepost 340 onto Skokomish Valley Road (Following the sign for "Skokomish recreation Area"). Follow this paved road for 5.5 miles, bearing right onto Forest Road 23. In 1 mile the pavement ends, continue on this road until entering into the Olympic National Forest. Continue for 6 miles on Forest Road 23 to a signed junction. Bear left on Forest Road 23, proceeding 4.4 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 2361 and follow it for 3.4 miles to Forest Road 2361-600 on your left. Follow this spur to a hairpin turn. The trailhead is on your left.

On The Trail

The Church Creek Trail rises to the drainage divide between Skokomish River and Wynoochee River drainage and then back down to Satsop Lakes. The trail is not well traveled so if you are looking for something off the beaten path this could be the perfect outing.

Information for Leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-stewardship related activity, please limit your group size to the recommended party size. The maximum party size is for use by stewardship trips only, and includes both participants and leaders. Group size maximums do not reflect how stewardship trips are run (in smaller groups of participants and leaders), but allow for leaders to register the activity in our system.
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 6.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • 3,200 ft
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