This is a great ride in a beautiful old growth forest. The Skokomish River valley is an unspoiled low elevation rain forest. The first 3.5 miles of this ride are smooth and fast. Each mile after this is more and more technical until the trail deteriorates and you end up pushing way too much after the 7.5 mile marker. There are FS roads close by on either side of the river if you have to bail out. This trail is maintained by a few different groups (horse folks and WTA) and is good up to 7.5 miles. It is relatively low elevation which means it is usually snow free earlier than most but does sustain lots of deadfall etc over each winter. A call to the ranger station about conditions can ease your mind. It is in deep forest so when those ridge rides are too dusty this is a good alternative.
From the parking lot, take the trail until it intersects with the Skokomish River trail. Follow this over a hump and down down down to the valley. Cruise along a smooth trail in incredible old growth. Cross a bridge in about 3 or 4 miles. From here the trail gets technically harder and harder. Expect lots of ups and downs – some quite steep. At the 7.5 marker you can walk to the river and this is a great lunch stop. Retrace your route. BTW, you will be surprised that the way back is a lot easier than the way in. You really ARE going downhill. Now do the last grunt up out of the valley and fly down to the car.
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