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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail

Olympia, WA

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Olympia, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips & walking and is accessible year-round.

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Capitol Peak
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a great place for riding Quads!! Although there are a lot of gravel logging roads throughout, it is mainly used for atv and dirtbike riding. The view from the top of Rock Candy Mt. is beautiful, you can see lakes, the puget sound, and on a very clear day you can see downtown Seattle. Definitely a must see, not much for hiking though, and like others say during the week watch out for logging trucks.

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LBA park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice quiet rolling trails behind the LBA Park. From the parking lot, head south along the fence. There is an opening that leads to the trails. Nice and quiet.

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Watershed Park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful trails, very clean. Easy walk. Love being able to see large old trees in the city still protected.

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Mima Mounds
by Christopher Carlson

13 Completed 3 Reviews

I came to the Mima Mounds all the time as a kid. I love it here.

The trail is very, very easy. Almost no elevation gain, fairly short.

The scenery...depends on who you ask. For some, the Mounds are a great mystery, and the musings of 'why' or 'how were these formed?' will keep you company as you stroll through the prairie. For others, you're just walking through a field of small mini-hills. The sounds of the Evergreen Sportsmen Club can be heard in full course here. The thundering blasts of their gunshots can be heard through the wall of evergreen trees that line the Mima field, potentially turning a peaceful stroll into a bothered one. Rest easy, though: there's a policy at the gun range that requires all shots be fired away from the Mima Mounds area.

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Mima Falls
by Christopher Carlson

13 Completed 3 Reviews

Reviews tend to rate this trail experience as Poor to Fair. Having finally embarked on this trail, I'd have to also rate it as Fair/Average.

Firstly, be prepared to walk past lots of horse 'gifts.' This trail is open to equestrian use. I had to constantly watch the trail for piles of horse dung.

For me, the trail began at the Mima Falls Trail East TH, out near Littlerock, WA. It started well enough. The vegetation of Capitol Forest is lovely no matter where you are. However, after the first time the trail intersects with one of many forest roads, the scenery is quick to change. Gone are the lush green sights you emerged from. You enter a sad clearing, full of dead plants, piles of chopped tree trunks, and rotting greens. It's stark, how different this section is from the rest of the trail.

Thankfully, it's only a temporary adjustment--when you pass the clearing you're back into a wonderful world of green. There's a nice little picnic table at a vista right by the falls, but for the best view climb down (carefully) just past the picnic table. A short, primitive trail will take you right up to the water.

The Mima Falls themselves--a little over a mile and a half in--are somewhat disappointing. At least, in the mid/late summer they are. I'd bet they're a little more resplendent in the spring when they're at their peak.

PSA: The Falls are technically on the Mima Falls Trail West. At 1.5 miles from the East TH there's a junction, and you can continue straight on the West Trail or take the Mima Falls Tie Trail, which loops around and eventually takes you back to this junction. Because the West trail takes you far into Capitol Forest, it may be better to hike to Mima Falls, then turn around back to the junction and take the Tie.

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Priest Point
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9 Completed 5 Reviews

It's pretty. Easy hike. The kids like the beach, when you flip over rocks there are little crabs and other critters to look at.

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Capitol Peak
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5 Completed 1 Reviews

would have been nice if it wasn't for the gravel dump trucks speeding down the hill, plus I had my 2 year old daughter so we just took off. not safe to use trail with children while the trucks are working.

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail
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3 Completed 4 Reviews

Easy hike, had a lot of fun with friends. Good day hike and very beautiful!

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Priest Point
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

A pleasant trail with plenty of natural cover. Has shore access to see water full of life. Saw barnacles and lots of tiny crabs scurrying around. Would recommend this trail as it is easy-moderate and quite relaxing.

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail
by Roberta Simes

5 Completed 5 Reviews

It was pretty and a very easy hike.

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