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Trip Report

Upper South Fork Skokomish River

Olympic Peninsula

Trip Report By

WTA Member


Hiked Aug 1, 2018

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Bridge out.


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free

My son and I explored the first two miles of the Upper South Fork Skokomish River trail on a sunny weekday. It was a great place to find a bit of solitude; there were only four other cars at the trailhead and most of their occupants were backpacking. We didn't see a soul.

What we did see were lots of berries. We ate red huckleberries, purple huckleberries, thimbleberries, and trailing blackberries. The red huckles were the best of the bunch. I anticipate another couple of weeks will sweeten the purple ones. We also enjoyed a few wildflowers, especially in the first section that was once the road.

Speaking of which, if you want to hike the Upper Skok, you will find the trailhead at the end of the road, beyond what looks like a planter. The more obvious trailhead, leads down-river.

We hiked past the first river crossing, up the hill, before deciding the return to our lovely campsite at Brown Creek Campground. Notable info: the summer foliage obscures views into the "tight chasm" that the hiking description mentions; the trees do grow quite large, which is nice to see when so much of this valley is cut over; and the first river crossing on the big log is not too difficult. The top of the log has been planed off, and it is a big wide fallen tree. The hardest part about it is the rooty approach.

All in all a nice way to spend a few hours, but without a real destination and a lack of being close to the river, it was hard to motivate my son further up river when the hammock and campfire were calling.