Choose between a shorter or longer river walk through old-growth forest to a 250-foot cascading waterfall.
The Skookum Flats Trail meanders alongside the White River between the Dalles and Silver Springs Campgrounds, just outside the northeast entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. As the name suggests, Skookum Flats involves little in the way of elevation gain, taking hikers on a gentle tour through old-growth forest, past mossy rocks and fallen trees, with plenty of river views.
If you opt for the shorter, 4.2 mile hike with just 100 feet of elevation gain, begin from the trailhead on FR 73 just beyond the bridge. Once you're on the trail, head south, following the river upstream. If you're after a longer hike, start from the trailhead on FR 7160 and begin your hike northward, heading downstream. From either direction, the trail is wide and mostly free of rocks and roots, making it an ideal outing for all abilities.
When the sound of rushing water begins to overpower the noise of the river, catch glimpses of Skookum Falls through the trees as you approach Skookum Creek - this will be 2.1 miles for the shorter trail option and 3.9 miles for the longer. Just across the water, a sign points uphill with the simple word “Falls.” The bootpath up to the base of Skookum Falls is rough, and spray from the falls can make the path slick. Use caution if you choose to get a closer look. The falls puts on the best show when it’s flowing in full force, usually in late spring and early summer.
WTA Pro Tip: This fairly flat, early-season trail is very popular with dog walkers and mountain bikers, so plan to share the trail and be courteous to all users.
- 7.8 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 300 feet
- Highest Point
- 2,550 feet
Hiking Skookum Flats
Map & Directions
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