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Mima Falls East Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Littlerock, Washington that features a waterfall 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.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 557 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

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Waterfall

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Getting There

A Discovery Pass is required to enter Capitol State Forest. Off-road vehicle users and horse-back riders can use Capitol State Forest Trails from May 1 - November 30 only. This Mima Falls Trail connects to other trails in the area which may not be well marked. Be sure to stay on the route in the map or have a map handy along the way. Mima Falls is one of the highlights of the many trails that make up the expansive Capitol State Forest. The hike is mostly easy, though you will pass through many muddy sections. It takes you through both old and new as well as cleared forests. Mima Falls is a nice little 25 foot falls worth checking out. Mima Falls takes its name from the nearby Mima Mounds. Mima is a Native term meaning a little further along. Over the years, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has worked with volunteers to build up the trail system in Capitol State Forest, expanding on the network of logging roads. It is likely that at least some portions of this trail are built on sections of former logging roads that once led to logging camps that supplied the sawmills in the lumber boom town of nearby Bordeaux. Established by the Bordeaux Brothers back in 1896, this area of the Black Hills were logged for over 40 years until the old growth timber ran out and Bordeaux became a ghost town in 1941. While Capitol State Forest has been a recreation destination for decades, the Mima Falls Trailhead and Campground was not built until 1973. In 2013 the DNR completed an overhaul of the Capitol State Forest Trail system that renamed most of the trails. Older guides will reference these outdated trail names.

Medium sized lot at the Mima Falls Trailhead with a restroom and map/information post. You must have a DISCOVER PASS to park at the trailhead.

To get there, take I-5 South to Exit 95 the Littlerock/Maytown exit. Follow Maytown Road through Littlerock as it turns into 128th Street for 3.7 miles to a T-intersection. Head left onto Mima Road for 1.3 miles to Bordeaux Road. Take a right and in .7 miles turn right onto Marksman Road. Mima Falls Trailhead is at the end of the road on the left. From the trailhead, you will cross Mima Campground on Mima Falls Trail East. You will also cross a couple of wide overgrown roads. When Mima Falls Trail East converges with the Campground Trail, stay to the left continuing on Mima Falls Trail East. Mima Falls Trail East will become Mima Falls Trail West, just continue on. You will cross a footbridge over Mima Creek and the trail comes to a T. Take the left path at the T and you will come to the picnic table over the sound of Mima Falls. The footpath down to viewpoints of the falls is right next to the table. There is also another footbridge that looks over the top of Mima Falls.

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Grant Reynolds
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Hiking

Nothing spectacular, but a good hike near Olympia. There’s a nice area to have a picnic at the waterfall, which is barely more than a creek running over some rocks. Lots of horse crap on the trail, which will deter me from choosing this one again over others in the area. There were lots of berries (thimble berries, huckleberries and blackberries).

Abby Jacobsen
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Hiking

Great trail. Fun ending point.

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Jimmy Ganyard
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alisa thompson
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It was ok, nothing special.

Mary King
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beautiful, with raspberries in season, great for a Sunday hike or a week trip. discovery pass parking.

Austin Widener
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Michael Chesbro
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Hiking

Mima Falls East Trail is an easy out and back trail. From the trail head you walk along a hard-packed dirt trail that will lead you to the "day use area" of the trail (an open area with a picnic table) that is beside the falls. A path (somewhat overgrown) leads down to the base of the falls. Mima Falls is really little more than a stream flowing down a steep rock face - nice enough but not spectacular. The trail is quite heavily used, and there is some litter along the trail. The trail is also used by horseback riders, so there is a lot of horse manure on the trail. Even so, it is still a easy hike, with the potential to expand onto other intersecting trails that lead elsewhere in the Capitol Forest.

Bri B
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Hiking

Pretty good trail, but falls are quite small and a bit hidden

A Hogan
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Hiking

good trail!

Alia O'Bannon
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HikingBugsWashed out

Great hike but lots of horse dung and bugs. Saw two snakes. It’s a popular horse trail so just watch out for poop.

Allan Sullivan
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Good loop

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Christine Cole
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Hiking

Lovely, easy trail. Falls were minimal, but the rain forest feel and wild flowers made up for that.

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Chris Grissom
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Hiking

My first time was great. I went to the mima falls day use area and took pics. The second day 0.8 miles in I got growled at by a cougar so please be careful. I’m not gonna back because it’s not worth the risk to me

Natalie Talley Chambers
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Hiking

Great trail!!

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Christophef Ferencik
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Hiking

Nice trail- Trail was well kept and was nice and easy for anyone to do. The falls were also very nice however not as grand as I was expecting. Saw some nice people on their horses

Kelsey Nichols
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HikingMuddy

REALLY BUSY on a Sunday morning. The trail is much too narrow for the combined use of hikers(with dogs!), mountain bikers, and horses. No were to step off trail to yield to others - not great if you are wanting to social distance which no one was doing. Many people using the trail also had no concept normal rules of yielding to others. All that being said this was a great hike minus the people. Very pretty. Small falls at the end. Be prepared for horse manure and mud.

Luis Barragan
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Abi Gehring
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Hiking

Trail was well maintained and not too crowded when I went at 7:00 in the morning. There is a lot of horse poop around and it can be muddy, so definitely bring shoes that can handle that. The falls themself are pretty small and the area is overgrown around them. They were pretty, but if you’re looking for a hike simply for waterfall views I’d pick another.

Jong-Wook Ban
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Eli Cole
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This trail is in good condition and less traveled than others we’ve been on. Not too difficult and pack bottle of water and snack or small lunch is preferred. Ran into several horses and bikers so be aware heading around corners this hike. Cute small falls at the end but nice nature hike when you just wanna get out and have a fairly easy hike and smell the spring natural outdoors. Enjoy!

Alena White
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One of my favorites!

Jamie Crites
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pretty busy but fun!

K B
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Hiking

Nice enough trail. Low degree of difficulty, but it’s too narrow for the combo of hikers, bikers and horses.

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Aaron Houk
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Hiking

Too many people. Too much gunfire. Too much horse poop on the trail.

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Jenny A.
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Erikamarie Guzman
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Hiking

Parking is pretty simple. Need discover pass. You can bike, hike, run and bring pets on leash. Very simple hike. Not much uphill struggle. Has maps everywhere for you to keep on your path. Great tiny waterfall that you can walk up to (safely).

Tristin Loduha
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Hiking

Trail was in good condition, nothing too steep easy trail

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