McLane School Trail

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McLane School Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

The McLane School Trail is paved all the way through. The easiest way to begin it is by starting at the trail's southern end, by McLane Elementary. Follow the paved path up and over the nearby bridge and into the woods. The trail is very easy and can be knocked out in an hour and a half or less. Beware that part of it runs right by and even crosses the road, so please keep kids and dogs in mind.

walking
3 days ago

3 months ago

This trail is a great for biking, walking, running,etc. The whole trail is paved and well kept. Lots of trees to provide shade during warm summer days. If you start from the school you do have to cross at a highway entrance and go up and over on the bridge on the paved trail. Once you come down the other side you have to cross the street once more and enter at the trail head. Nice mild incline through out the trail. Did this as a family with our nine year old daughter who also seemed to enjoy it.

backpacking
5 months ago

beautiful and a great option close/in town

walking
9 months ago

Nice paved trail. You have to cross over a bridge over the road, lots of traffic noise for pretty much the whole trail. Overall I would say it's a good trail for baby strollers and things like that. A good trail for a little after work exercise.

10 months ago

walking
10 months ago

road biking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My daughter and I were excited to bike near the water but this route has no water views like shown in the photos. The path is nicely paved but is not a loop like described. If you start at the head of the trail, you must use an overpass on Evergreen Parkway to get to the other part of the trail. We think this trail would be more interesting when it's a bit more wet as most of the ponds and bogs were dry. McLane School has done a nice job of labeling areas and critters of interest.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Crud!! I meant to write this review for the McLane Creek trail, not this one. now I don't know how to delete the other review.

nature trips
Friday, July 15, 2016

My family enjoys this trail very much. Dog friendly, easy walk, through a beautiful diverse forest. The salmon spawn in November. You will encounter beavers, deer, birds, turtles, newts, and wildlife a plenty. Bring duck food (NOT bread, crackers, chips, etc) and you will get some fantastic, up close and personal views of the birds. There is a mix of dirt paths and boardwalks. Nice covered picnic area at the trail entrance. Outhouse available. must have a discover pass or pay to park.

walking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

thought it was going to be a hike. paved walking or biking path. greenery and plant identifiers. lots of street and highway noise. not a forest hike if that's what you are looking for.

hiking
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Great day sunny and warm. Lots birds

Saturday, April 02, 2016

I liked this trail. It's a nice easy hike to do with the little ones. Dog loved it as well..

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Very nice easy trail. Perfect for small kids.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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

birding
Saturday, June 20, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, November 16, 2014

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.

walking
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

It was a very sweet trail. I have never in my life seen so many salamanders! Overall a great little hike to see local wildlife - salamanders, ducks, frogs, birds. And well covered so you don't get soaked if its raining.

hiking
Sunday, July 08, 2012

This is a beautiful trail full of wildlife and plantation. I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a short meditative walk. It is child/puppy friendly and has literature boards frequently spread throughout the trail giving knowledge of history and habitat. You will need a Washington State Discover Pass for parking.

nature trips
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I love this trail. My nephews and I have been walking it for many years. There is a short trail that is 0.6 miles and a longer trail that is 1.1 miles.