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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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8 Completed 7 Reviews

Great place to witness wildlife near the Puget Sound.

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Priest Point
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10 Completed 4 Reviews

enjoyed waffling this trial. . the views were awesome and if your into geocaching there are a few in the park. . would definitely recommend and will definitely come back

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Henderson Inlet: Woodward Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area
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12 Completed 2 Reviews

As mentioned, you need a Discover Pass to park there, and it's only open from May to September.
You can either take the trail or the paved road to Henderson Inlet. There are benches at the inlet, a nice beachy area, and a grassy area with habitat information. It's a relaxing place to look out at the water.
In July/August you'll find salmonberries lining the trails.

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail
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55 Completed 61 Reviews

Went here with some family members to look for birds. The scenery is nice, the trail is flat and easy and we found lots of birds. Nice easy walk in good weather.

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Mima Falls
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6 Completed 2 Reviews

My wife and I had fun on this trail. It was a pretty easy hike. It's a very nice popular trail. My biggest complaints with this trail is that they trail to the falls isn't marked. We made quite a few wrong turns and had to backtrack and even passed the falls. When we realized that we passed them we turned around(about a mile up the trail). Once we found them we had to kind of "bush wack" to even see them. All in all we had fun but we were frustrated a couple times.

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Priest Point
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Like much of the Olympia area, this park is polluted by carpets of English ivy, everywhere, choking out most of the native ground plants such as trilliums, vanilla leaf, miner's lettuce, and dozens of other native plants. Ivy is the oil slick of the forest, covering everything, climbing a hundred feet up every tree, ruining our native heritage. It's unfortunately here to stay - probably for thousands of years. Unlike other noxious plants, it doesn't require direct sun and can therefore grow in the understory.

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

If you want a beautiful walk close to civilization this is for you. Steep mossy grades can be a challenge depending on the way you go. My wife and I (60 years old) visit frequently with the dogs. Family friendly. One may drive down the hill to the sound. Nice picnic and restroom facilities. Lots of birds including the occasional eagle. Kids of any age can get wet and muddy if they want.

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McLane Creek
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

Easy hike with slight to no grade. Beautiful views of creek, rain forest and beaver pond. Family friendly. Can be crowded on nice weekends. Bring your Discovery Pass. Parking can be a challenge, take the first spot you can. Wear water resistant foot wear or prepare for wet feet. Binoculars and a camera if you like birding. I don't know the rules regarding access to the pond, but it looks like a nice place for a kayak or canoe. You will see salmon in season.

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Chehalis Western Trail
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2 Completed 3 Reviews

When I lived in Yelm I rode this trail every weekend from Yelm to Rainier and sometimes from Yelm to Olympia and back. Its a nice smooth, level, paved trail. Sundays seem to be when most people are out with their kids and family members. I usually rode during the early afternoon to late afternoon and I met quite a few people but there's room for everyone. Biking, jogging, walking, rollerblading, you can safely do it all on this paved route and I promise you, you will enjoy every minute of it. Enjoy.

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Chehalis Western Trail
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2 Completed 3 Reviews

When I lived in Yelm I rode this trail every weekend from Yelm to Rainier and sometimes from Yelm to Olympia and back. Its a nice smooth, level, paved trail. Sundays seem to be when most people are out with their kids and family members. I usually rode during the early afternoon to late afternoon and I met quite a few people but there's room for everyone. Biking, jogging, walking, rollerblading, you can safely do it all on this paved route and I promise you, you will enjoy every minute of it. Enjoy.

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