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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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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Most of it is boardwalk with a little bit of gravel along the dike. Nice to see all of the birds, and kids enjoying trying to determine which bird was which.

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McLane Creek
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Very nice easy trail. Perfect for small kids.

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Mima Falls
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Great for a family hike.

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McLane Creek Woods Loop
by Armies-of Pharmies

3 Completed 2 Reviews

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McLane Creek
by Armies-of Pharmies

3 Completed 2 Reviews

Great well maintained park. Dog friendly and scenic beauty super chill

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Wonderful trail for birding. This would also be good for small children, wheelchair, and people who don't enjoy elevation changes. Enjoyed a peaceful morning with nature (bald eagle was spotted!)

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail
by Kevin Johnson

11 Completed 10 Reviews

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

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McLane Creek Woods Loop
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Mclane Creek is a wonderful place, if it weren't for the unruly people who let their dogs roam off leash. Every time I have visited, I witness dogs chasing wildlife, and three times I was startled by dogs racing around a bend and barking and lunging at me. I have had filthy dogs rub against me, making my clothes gross and dirty, and have gotten sprayed with swamp water that the dogs get soaked in as their owners let the chase ducks and baby geese into the water. The owners are callous and often either rude, or act like their dog is the grand exception to every rule.

It is really sad that this Habitat Reserve is open to dogs at all, but it wouldn't be so bad if folks obeyed the leash law in the park. But 100% of the time, we encounter these awful dog owners that believe the rules apply to all dogs but theirs.

Because of this, we rarely go any more. When the people and their off leash dogs are exceptionally active, there is no wildlife to see anyhow, because they are hiding from the dogs and their jerkish owners.

When you get a few dozen people who genuinely think their dog is too good to be on a leash, you wind up with dozens of unruly and irritating encounters. That is Mclane Creek.

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