Old Skidder Trail

Old Skidder Trail [WVAIA]

This is an infrequently hiked trail that passes through a breezy conifer forest at the northern edge of the valley. Used primarily as a link in a loop with the Livermore Trail, it’s a MODERATE hike that climbs a short distance out of the ravine between Flume Peak and the Scaur Ridge, to a height of land [2800 ft.], offering woodland views.

It begins somewhat steeply at first, passing a wave-shaped slide of exposed rock on the right. In the spring, fall and winter there are fine views of the Painted Cliff on East Peak looking back as you ascend. It soon gains level ground on an old skidder path. Follow the yellow blazes carefully: about 2/3 of the way along the trail, it turns abruptly to the right [east], and leaves the old roadbed as it rises up and connects with the Livermore Trail.