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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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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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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Easy hike and lovely hike to take in the early spring, especially during low tide when birds are feeding. I saw bald eagles, herons, various breeds of geese and duck, cormorants, song birds and humming birds. It was also cold, rainy and windy day so I suggest treading carefully on the boardwalk when its wet.

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Mima Mounds
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

A short but sweet hike, even more lovely if you go beyond the paved wheelchair access trail. There are 4 hiking loops The 1 Mile paved path has a ramp to the top of a mound as an overlook. The South loop is bigger at less than 2 miles. There is a smaller loop inside of that. The North dirt trail starts by the observation building and is a mile long. I highly recommend going during June when many of the wild flowers are in bloom. I had the good fortune of seeing a juvenile kestrel test its wings above the mounds.

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Mima Falls
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

The trail to the falls was OK Since it is also an equestrian and mountain bike trail, its a bit of a hazard for hikers. There is a near by shooting range, but as you go deeper into the forest you can't hear it as much. There are portions of the trail where you can see down into wetlands. Wildflowers are in full force in June so that was a treat.

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Wolf Haven Cruise
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Wolf Haven is several miles south of Olympia. The location shown on map is not correct.

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Priest Point
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42 Completed 33 Reviews

28 Feb. a day trip with T, a bit if mud on the beach at the point but it was warm and sunny somehow. Wandered across the bridge and strolled the trails followed by a brief Geocache stop.

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Mima Falls
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26 Completed 14 Reviews

can't say I was super impressed but for being close by I enjoyed it. it's short and the new growth is really beautiful. Although someone decided that day I went that is was time for target practice which kinda ruined the vibe for me.

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McLane Creek Woods Loop
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Beautiful "working forest."
Easy trail.
Quiet outing.

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