Skookum Flats

A moderate day hike along the west bank of the While River. It's 11 miles round trip but relatively flat with a few ups and downs that ad up to about 500 feet of elevation gain.

getting there

From Enumclaw, drive east 25 miles on SR-410. Turn right Forest Road 73 just before the Dalles Campground and continue ~0.5 mile to the trailhead (2,100 ft).

on the trail

The trail is a good dirt tread with some boardwalks and bridges over marshy areas. It follows the White River along its west bank. Reach Skookum Falls in two miles. Its is the source of Skookum Creek which flows down to the White River. There is a steep, and sometimes muddy, side trail up for a closer view of the falls. Cross Skookum Creek, a usually wide and shallow water crossing. Hike 2 miles to Buck Creek, the site of the old suspension bridge that was taken out by falling trees in the fall storms of 2006. Reach Buck Creek Road is another mile.


  • This trail is shared with mountain bikes.
  • The bridge at Buck Creek was out as of April of 2010 leaving another water crossing, this one deeper and faster moving but doable.
  • In April, 2010, work began to move the trail further uphill away from the banks being eroded when the White River changes course.

Information for leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • 2,400 ft
  • Green Trails Greenwater No. 238

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Skookum Flats

Day Hiking Trip
Explore the beauty of the White River Valley, including nearby Skookum Falls, through both evergreen
Difficulty: Easy
Tue, May 26, 2020
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens May 11
Tacoma Branch

GoHike Hiking Trip - 2-5 miles, up to 750 feet gain - Skookum Flats

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series
Meander alongside the White River on this 6 mile walk with 500 feet of elevation
Difficulty: Easy
Mon, Jun 29, 2020
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Apr 24
Foothills Branch
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  • Skookum Falls
  • Skookum Flats & Falls
  • Skookum Flats to Buck Creek Road

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