McLane School Forest Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features a great forest setting 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
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
91 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

birding

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

paved

views

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.

18 minutes ago

Trail was well maintained and despite the constant freeway noise was actually a really peaceful walk with plenty of birds, wildlife and mushrooms. Still plenty of fall colors to see! Take the 1 mile loop around the school, or turn it into a 3.5 mile easy walk by crossing the street to finish the trail as an out and back.

4 days ago

Nice easy trail - need good crosswalk to connect to Ralph Muro trail

4 days ago

It’s a very nice paved trail. Yes you get road noise from the highway but it didn’t phase us. It can be a loop if you don’t do the full trail and just turn left when you get to the road which was just enough of a walk for my 2 year old. We love that the kids from the elementary school get to plant bulbs and plants on the trail every year too. We’ll definitely be back.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice walk today a cool 42 out but still a nice walk

9 months ago

Great trail, paved the whole way. Lots of people, lots of dogs, most were off leash but friendly. Good for all levels.

backpacking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

beautiful and a great option close/in town

walking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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