Skookum Flats is a pawpular trail in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, one of the country's most visited forests. This trail travels along the west side of the White River through old-growth forest, eventually leading to the 250-foot Skookum Falls.
Two trailheads provide access to Skookum Flats, and the length of your hike will depend on where you start. If your pup has plenty of energy to spare, you may want to begin at the Ranger Creek Trailhead on Forest Service Road 7160. From here, you and Fido will head north and follow the river downstream for about 4 miles before reaching the falls. Along the way, you'll cross several streams and get to see the Palisades rock formation. If you'd like to take the shorter route, proceed to the North Trailhead on Forest Service Road 73. Follow the river upstream and hike southward for 2 miles to the falls.
As you and your pooch approach Skookum Falls, you'll catch glimpses of it through the trees and see a sign pointing uphill, for those who would like to take a closer look. The path up to the base of the falls is rough and slippery, so it's probably best to just admire it from the trail if you're with your canine friend. The falls are best viewed in the spring, when winter snow and rain are melting off.
Whichever route you choose, you and your pooch will experience a fairly flat and easy hike through thick forest with mossy rocks and pawsome river views. Since the trail is wide and mostly free of roots and other obstacles, puppers of all abilities should do just fine.
Skookum Flats is frequented by dog walkers and mountain bikers, so be prepared to share the trail with others. Always keep your doggo leashed, pick up after them, and enjoy your time on the trail!
Many sections of this riverside trail become inaccessible when the water runs high. Check current trail conditions before going, unless you want soggy boots and paws! Ticks and wasps are present in the forest, so have a tick control program ready, and don't let Fido go sniffing near wasps' nests.