McLane Creek Woods Trail

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Capitol State Forest

McLane Creek Woods Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. A Discovery Pass is required to enter Capitol State Forest. Note: Parts of this trail is ADA accessible.

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

Neat area, quite muddy in March. The boardwalks are fun and the scenery is pretty. Despite the mud, trails are well maintained, if a bit narrow. Most likely will be very busy on a nice day. One of our family’s go to spots.

hiking
22 days ago

Great flat trail, easy to walk. First time got to see roughskin newts. Everything was perfect except that I saw a little snake.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Would not recommend as a safe trail to avoid covid - very narrow pathways.

hiking
closed
muddy
2 months ago

Currently closed to non residents due to CoVid.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great trail! Very easy and pretty views.

running
muddy
2 months ago

Whimsical trail with very cool boardwalks throughout over forest paths and along ponds with ducks and lily pads. Only down side was just wasn’t enough mileage for me but amazing place for a 4 mile jog or stroll to clear your head.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Great trail- heavily trafficked. Lots of dogs on leashes. Beautiful. Great bridges.

hiking
3 months ago

This was such a fun little hiking trail. Really enjoyed the water and the animals. Great trail and easy as well.

hiking
flooded
muddy
4 months ago

Enjoyed this short, pleasant, flat little hike. Raining when I visited today and pretty muddy. Easy enough to walk around the deeper puddles. Saw just one other person along the way.

4 months ago

fun and easy plenty of ducks to see

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Easy and flat. Salmon spawning Nov and Dec. Super stinky so Walt. Wear boots on rainy days, muddy.

4 months ago

This is a great little gem minutes from my home. I had no idea it existed. The trail was easy and well marked. The parking area is small. I want to go back when the salmon are spawning.

6 months ago

Well maintained and short hike. Large portion is ADA compliant. Great to see the salmon runs.

hiking
8 months ago

great hiking trail. lots of waterfowl to take pictures of. very relaxing.

hiking
10 months ago

nice walking trail wish there were more trees. walking next to a highway is kinda of a drag.

hiking
10 months ago

A not-so-secret oasis that has become quite popular so finding a parking space can be a problem especially on weekends and when the salmon are spawning in the fall. Note of caution: there has been a rash of auto break-ins so keep your stuff out of sight while enjoying the gentle walkways around the beaver pond. Pay special attention to the turtles basking on half submerged logs observed from the center trail. A wonderful place to visit with the family.

hiking
bridge out
10 months ago

Fun easy trail. Great for kids. Some of the boardwalk was closed, but still plenty of trail to walk and enjoy. We got to see snakes, turtles, chipmunks, and ducks!

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Afternoon hike with my girls. Wildflowers, ducks at the pond, series of loops, 3 area was dead end not as shown on the map. Mostly boardwalk & gravels but kids friendly. Birds & dragonflies along the trails. Lots of huckleberries & thimbleberries . Suggestions bugs spray if hiking early morning or evening.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

*Discover pass needed *Toilets *ADA accessible *Dog friendly Nice series of loop trails that go around a few beaver ponds. Most of the trails are accessible via wheelchair, including the pond docks/ overlooks.

hiking
Thu Jun 06 2019

I did the pond alternate loop trail, and as the suggested it took me 30 minutes. it's mostly boardwalks and gravel, I think it'd be a great nature walk with kids. I don't recommend going in the evening though, there were loads of little flies and gnats near the water. they didn't hurt or do anything, it's just a little gross to accidentally walk through a cloud of them.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
private property
Wed Jun 05 2019

This trail was gorgeous, all things considered. There was a point where I'm pretty sure we stumbled into someone's backyard, as there were several houses and fences around us, but it was still a wonderful expedition nonetheless.

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

Great trail with few people on Mothers Day!

hiking
Sat Mar 02 2019

really easy, mostly boardwalk. fun watching ducks and the information signs were nice for rice many families enjoying the trail!

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