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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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Recent Reviews

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Mima Falls
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5 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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Mima Falls
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25 Completed 9 Reviews

If you're in the Olympia area, this hike is worth checking out because it's so close. That being said, this isn't a destination hike, so don't drive too far out of the way for it. The trail is used by horses and mountain bikes. When you mix that with typical Pacific Northwest rainfall, you get some pretty muddy (mixed with horse poop) trails.

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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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