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South Skookum Lake Trail

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

Length

1.38 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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This trail completely encircles South Skookum Lake, a quiet fee-campground in Pend Oreille County. Since the campground is managed by a concessionaire, there is a $5 day-use fee for those not staying in the campground.

It's a small lake but popular for fishing. When I was here the campground wasn't open yet (so the fee hadn't gone into effect) but I think they'll open the campground around Memorial Day Weekend.

The trailhead is next to the boat ramp area at South Skookum Lake Campground. It is a 1.3-mile long loop featuring a 0.3 mile spur trail, following the west and south shoreline of the lake and offers scenic views of the lake.

For hikers interested in wildlife, deer and moose can frequently be spotted along the edge of the lake. The trail is very well maintained and boasts bridges over wet areas.

Other small forest animals and birds can also be observed along the trail. Five benches, which were installed by a local boy scout troop are scattered along the trail and offer visitors an opportunity to stop and enjoy the scenery.

 

South Skookum Lake Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Selkirk Range

Colville National Forest, Republic Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

USGS Browns Lake

Getting There

From Newport, follow State Highway 20 north for 15 miles to the town of Usk. Cross the bridge over the Pend Oreille River on the east edge of town and follow the Kings Lake Road (County Road 3389) 8 miles to the junction of Forest Road 5032350 (Kings Mountain).

Follow Kings Mountain for 0.5 mile to the campground entrance. The trailhead is located in the campground near the boat ramp.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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