Sherman Creek Trail is a 9 mile loop trail located near Olympia, WA and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Very very well-kept trail. Lots of shade with a few open breaks. Only saw three mountain bikers and no one else on a Tuesday morning and afternoon. Very quiet with no car or airplane noise even. Nice even doses of easy uphill, easy downhill, and nice straits. Just a very good trail all the way around. Would definitely come back again. If you follow the directions on the app GPS you end up driving past where the trail crosses the road by a few hundred yards. The actual coordinates are 46.925837 -123.112538.
To Get There:
From Seattle take I-5 south to exit 95. Follow Maytown Road west for 3 miles until reaching the small town of Littlerock. At a stop sign proceed west on Littlerock Road, which soon turns left. Bear right here onto 128th Ave, following sins for Capitol State Forest. In less than 1 mile turn left at the T intersection on Mima Road and after 1.5 miles turn right onto Bordeaux Road. Follow the paved road for 3.5 miles until the fork in the road. Bear right and following the D line for 0.6 mile to a four-way intersection on a hill crest. turn right onto the the D-4000 Line and follow this good gravel road for 2 miles to its junction with the D-4400 Line, where you find the trailhead. There is one small parking slot and the trail you want to take is across the road (there are two trailheads).
This loop begins by following the Mima Falls Trail West (Trail No. 8 across for the parking spot) for 0.4 mile down to a junction in the Lost Valley Creek. The trail on your left is your return route. These trails are in excellent shape thanks to the volunteer work of the Back-country Horsemen (and women) of Washington.
Head right on Trail No. 20. Climbing gradually, pass a few big firs, a lot of skunk cabbage, and an active beaver pond. In 1.4 miles come to a junction with Trail No. 6, the Green Line ( It will say Green Line as soon as you cross the Logging Road). Turn left and follow this good trail. Climb a bit more, and after crossing a logging road enter a mature second-growth forest. Begin a long descent into the Sherman Creek valley. At 2.6 miles emerge from the forest to cross a recent cut. Notice the temperature change. Notice Capitol Peak and Larch Mountain in front of you.
At 3.25 miles reach the lovely Sherman Creek valley, where you'll come to another trail junction. The trail right crosses the creek (bridge out as of summer 2006) and heads to the Fall Creek trailhead and onward to the Capitol Crest. You'll want to continue left for an enjoyable journey down the valley. Plenty of lunch spots along the way will entice you to take a break.
After about 3 miles of hiking along the creek you'll come to an old trail junction. There used to be a trailhead on the other side of the creek, but it and the road no longer exist. This decommissioning has helped return a little solitude to this region. The trail now leaves Sherman Creek to follow Lost Valley Creek upstream. This is the best part of the loop. Under a canopy of moss-draped alders and big cedars, the trail uses an old logging railroad bed. After 1 mile of heading up Lost Valley Creek, look for trestle remnants. Look, too, along the creek for relics from the old logging days. Broken bricks and porcelain plates litter the area. Be sure to leave these artifacts for others to enjoy.
The trail comes to an end on a road with a decision of going left or right. We went right and walked the road to the next T then went right again. At the next intersection (D-4600) we used out GPS and decided that left was the way to go which put us back on D Line. I think that we may have had a shorter walk (our route was 10.2 miles) if we had gone right. But take your GPS and do some figuring. I got the above directions on Washington Trails website and corrected it to the best of my memory. It was a beautiful hike and I will definitely go back and do it again with a pad and pen.