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Kennedy Falls Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Olympia, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 784 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Muddy

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Note: The 'Private Property' sign at the trailhead refers to Hunting, Fishing, and Gathering ONLY. Other non-motorized recreation is allowed.

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Reviews (178)
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Amber Finnegan
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HikingMuddyOver grown

This was an easy hike. Most of it was on a fire road which was fine, but not the best views. Luckily we passed some other hikers that informed us on how to get to the falls. There's a small hidden dirt path that comes off the road with manmade steps. It could easily have been missed. Once on the dirt path it's very narrow and overgrown. Muddy too. The falls were very pretty and it was nice to sit by the water.

Julie Iwayama
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Hiking

You will be much more likely to find the waterfall if you download the map. There is no word signage, and there are several forks in the path. The final fork to the path is very narrow and partially hidden by branches. Even with the map, we chose the wrong fork several times and did not realize it until we had gone about a quarter mile, due to lag with the blue dot. I got much better at checking the blue dot status (still on the trail) as we continued, but we still ended up walking an extra couple miles. The path is mostly shaded, gravel, and flat with occasional slight incline/decline. The final fork was a little muddy, but not too bad. There are mostly younger alders, hemlocks and firs with some older trees, including some cedars, as you get closer to the falls. We also want to try the other Kennedy Falls trail that starts from highway 101. We had fun. This trail was a good metaphor for life decisions, and were lucky to be able to backtrack and get back on course :)

Kevin Miguel
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HikingBugsMuddy

Trail: not sure why it’s considered moderate. It’s fairly easy to follow. Just check the map, since there are other paths. Off trail: there are other trails you can explore. If you’re recording through the app you’ll have a safe way back. You’ll also be able to see various paths and the paths are mostly marked with neon ribbon. There are some paths where you’ll have to climb a bit so that portion could be more “moderate” What to bring: actual hiking boots. There are muddy parts. Nice to have: pants or longer socks. Definitely came back with some scratches from going off the trail.

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Erin User
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RunningMuddy

Long boring fire road with loose and uneven gravel. When I finally reached hidden single track trail it was overgrown. Worried about ticks and any type of rash various flora may cause.

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Clifford Darnell
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no signs to the entrance, gate closed, what I believed to be the trail head

Lacey DeGagne
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HikingGreat!

Great local family hike!

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Jessica Little
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Hiking

Most of this hike is more of a walk on a gravel road but the rest of the hike and beautiful waterfall are well worth it. The gps was super helpful. We also enjoyed a wading in the water to cool down and play a bit.

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Divina Higgins
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HikingOff trail

Great easy hike with bunch of shaded areas. Just pay attention with your directions because there’s so many off trails along the road that is confusing specially on your way out. Unfortunately, sad to say that we never find the falls!!!! We tried going back to our way out we got lost somehow and ended up walking for 6 and a half hours total going and back. Luckily we have phone service to call my hubby & 911 to walk us through to our way out. Lesson Learned: follow the Map below the site not the directions that it shows on the site. Because that’s what we did we followed directions not the map. Bring lots of water, battery pack emergency kit just in case you get lost like us. And a whistle. However, I Will go back though just to find out where the falls is really hidden.

Chloe Anderson
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HikingMuddy
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KR Kessler
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HikingBugs

Great trail. Beautiful forest feel walking on an old road. Great to take dogs. Some shade, some sun. Mostly flat with some steeper inclines toward the end. The flowers were on display today!

Jaeden Hansen
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Hiking

Very boring hike but very worth it for the view at the end and if you bring shorts or a swimsuit you can go wading in the cold water. Would hike again.

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Kyle Helmuth
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Beautiful hike and waterfalls are so worth it!!! Little muddy towards the end. And follow your gps because there are plenty of off trails, which are nice too.

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Julian Harvey
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HikingMuddy
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Sage Moore
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HikingMuddy

Easy dirt/rock road trail for 3/4 of the hike. Make sure you’re checking the map to see what direction to go at forks in the path. Got off the map for a while and went down the wrong trail, however the view was beautiful so not a big deal at all. The trail directly to the falls is kind of hidden so you gotta be paying attention. Very beautiful and rewarding hike!

Gina Romero
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HikingMuddy

While the trail was mostly on a logging road, the falls at the end was worth it. The trail at the end was a bit muddy and overgrown, but not horrible. We had the falls area to ourselves which was nice. The whole trail was mostly shaded. I would definitely do this again.

Rheanna Remmel
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HikingMuddyOver grown
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Adriane Lagor
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Hiking

It’s an ok hike. Mostly service road with lots of dog poop. The falls are mediocre at best.

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Virginia Young
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Katelyn Lee
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HikingMuddy

It was a good trail! The actual trail was a bit muddy. But considering that there was a small watershed that ran across the trail at one point played a part in the mud. But there were other sections that were just muddy because it was previously wet. But most of it was dry!

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Jackie Gunstone
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FloodedMuddy

My husband and I enjoyed this hike but we were disappointed in the trail conditions close to the falls. The trail was very muddy and difficult to follow. Make sure to follow the trail map so you don't get lost. We ended up continuing on the logging road and we saw beautiful views all around.

Bryant Marchant
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HikingMuddy
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Aaron Green
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HikingMuddy

Good views along the logging trail the path to the falls should be more noticeable but it was worth the hike had the falls to us for two hours before anyone else came along. Definitely will be back.

Andrea Gallien
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HikingBugsMuddy

Found ticks so be sure to check yourself! This hike is hard to find, short (if you find it) and the views aren’t that great. It easy a pretty easy hike, small hills for the most part and not too many obstacles like big rocks or roots to trip you. The best part was not seeing anyone else the entire time I was out there.

Michelle Hoonan
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great adventure- use the map. Take dirt path w/ little bridge off of main trail. My dog and I both got a tick so be prepared and check yourself when done!

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