McLane Creek Woods Trail

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McLane Creek Woods Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features a lake 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
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
134 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A Discovery Pass is required to enter Capitol State Forest.

walking
1 month ago

Awesome trail for kids and family. Easygoing trail.

2 months ago

it's an easy hike with lots of great nature to explore: ponds with turtles, frogs, ducks, salamanders. Lots of birds. many amazing wild berries. garter snakes on sunny days.

the trail has a section through a sunny meadow, and a quieter, shadowy forested area with a winding trail

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful walk with dogs

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike for kiddos

nature trips
4 months ago

This prefer this area for nature viewing or a leisurely picnic. The Pond Trails are lovely and short. The Connector and Forest Trails are a nice short run with some elevation variance, but not as pretty, and cross the road (twice). Discover Pass required.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nice trail. Loved coming here when the Chum are reproducing/dying.

Friday, June 23, 2017

As a kid growing up we just called this the beaver pond

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Easy hike for kids. Nicely kept trail, with a nice creek towards the end.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

One of my favorite places to go with the kids. The pond has ducks, geese and salamanders and the trails have so much to see along the way. Also a great place for photographers.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

This is excellent for younger children. The sounds of the birds and the variety creatures seen along the trail makes this really exciting!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Nice trails. We decided to do the pond trail to find the most newts. Luckily for us we seen plenty :)

walking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Such a well maintained easy little walk! Trees, ponds, ducks and a creek. I love this trail and will be back!

walking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Great hike for kids. They are very serious about dogs on leash. Has multiple trail variations. The first entrance has a trail that only last about 15 minutes, however the parking lot a few hundred meters further has much more options (and water lookouts).

hiking
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A pleasant location to get out and see nature. Easily accessible for all. I encountered young children, elderly, and wheelchair bound explorers on the main trails around the ponds. During the months of November and December follow the signs to watch the Salmon Spawning in the McLane Creek. The weather isn't always the best for hiking at this time of year, but to see the salmon makes it worth the discomfort.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Great for kids and dogs. Not to far from Olympia. Need parking pass.

nature trips
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Beautiful, especially with the fall leaves on a perfect fall day.

walking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

I love to take my dogs here. There's so much wild life including Turtle's,beavers and birds all over

trail running
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great moderate to hard hills to run. Still cool under the tree cover at noon.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Love this area. Wildlife, easy walk, salmon spawn in November, leashed dogs welcome, great for kids, outhouse available, covered picnic area at entrance to trail. Must have discover pass or pay to park.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What a waste of a drive!!

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
Monday, April 20, 2015

It was a nice hike. Pretty, fairly flat, easy for dogs and kids. The trail was well maintained.

walking
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Beautiful "working forest."
Easy trail.
Quiet outing.

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