Skate Creek Road - Visit Rainier

Skate Creek Road

Status: Opened for the 2022 season on May 14

Forest Road 52, also known as Skate Creek Road, travels 23 miles east to west, between Packwood and Ashford.  In the winter months, FR 52 is often gated closed when the snow gets too deep to drive safely. Forest Road 52, also known as Skate Creek Road, travels east to west, between Packwood and Elbe.  FR 52 is a paved road that has had low maintenance for a number of years.  Please watch your speed.  There are a number of slumps and potholes in the road.

Tacoma Power and the WDFW will NOT be stocking Skate Creek with catchable trout in the future.  This is in order to comply with new state regulations prohibiting stocking catchable trout species in anadromous waters.  Skate Creek qualifies as “anadromous waters” because of the ongoing salmon/steelhead reintroduction program for the upper Cowlitz River.

Current Conditions: Watch for frost heaves and slumps in the road.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer and Fall
Busiest Season: Summer


Q: Is Skate Creek Road open today? 

A: You can check with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest office for the current status. Click here for their website or call (360) 497-1100.