Mount Skokomish Wilderness in Washington

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Mount Skokomish Wilderness

Situated in the southeast corner of the park, Mount Skokomish Wilderness is a rugged area that lends itself to exploration via short but steep trails that put visitors in touch with old growth forest and plenty of wildlife. Read More

  • Experienced hikers can take advantage of 13 miles of steep trails 
  • Go fishing in Mildred Lakes or the Hamma Hamma River 
  • Explore old-growth forest and native wildlife

What can I see and do at Mount Skokomish Wilderness? 

Hiking/Mountain Climbing: The Mount Skokomish Wilderness features very steep terrain that is not meant for the casual hiker. The 13 miles of trails inside the wilderness tend to be very primitive and the climbs are very steep. All of the trails are categorized as “most difficult.”

  • The Mildred Lakes Trail is the primary trail that provides major access into the wilderness area. At 4.5 miles in length, it climbs more than 2,100 feet. The Mt. Rose Trail, about the same length, goes to the summit of its namesake and demands some climbing skills; and the Putvin Trail, which is 3 miles long, is a strenuous trek that explores the northern section of the wilderness. 

Fishing: If you decide to tackle the Mildred Lakes Trail, you’ll wind up at – of course – Mildred Lakes, where you can enjoy a bit of fishing for small brook trout. The Hamma Hamma River also flows through this wilderness area. Here you can fish for chum, Chinook, Coho, and steelhead.

Where is Mount Skokomish Wilderness?

From Port Angeles, travel east on Highway 101 for about 80 miles to Forest Service Road 25 (Hamma Hamma Recreation Area). Turn left and drive another 14 miles to the Mildred Lakes trailhead.

How much does Mount Skokomish Wilderness cost?

Once you pay a fee to enter the National Park, you can explore Mount Skokomish Wilderness for free.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

For more information about this wilderness area, call the Olympic National Park visitor information number at 360-565-3130.