Mima Falls Trail

MODERATE 205 reviews
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Mima Falls Trail is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Littlerock, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
823 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

Mima Falls is one of the highlights of the many trails that make up the expansive Capitol State Forest. The hike is very easy (despite some massive muddy sections) and 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 Older guides will reference these outdated trail names.

Was a beautiful hike we will be going again

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail for kids! We enjoyed it.

hiking
8 days ago

A nice and quiet trail with decent views. Came across 2 groups of hikers while I was there.

hiking
13 days ago

Love this hike! We hiked with two toddlers on our backs and it was the perfect distance. Nice and easy!

hiking
1 month ago

At this time of the year the trails are getting a bit mucky but still very doable. Still a nice little hike.

hiking
3 months ago

I was freaked out from the gun shoots at first, but once you hike in a bit you can't hear them as much.

4 months ago

Loved this trail

4 months ago

I am surprised nobody mentioned the firing range very nearby this trail. I, for one, do not enjoy hiking along to the sounds of sporadic gunfire!

4 months ago

Easy hike, the trees were beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Like everyone has said. The falls are underwhelming at best, but it is an easy hike to use as a warm up for the summer hiking season or as a family outing. One caveat is the amount of horse poop along the trail...if you don't like that kind of thing, than don't go there.

5 months ago

Nice walk, friendly people, horse poo easily avoided.

trail running
5 months ago

Nice easy trail. Expected the falls to be bigger but definitely not disappointed in the journey. Blackberries are in season!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice easy trail. Nothing hard about this hike but beautiful waterfall.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail. Great hike/workout. A few little climbs in elevation, but nothing too tedious. Beautiful flowers and insects along the trail this time of year, which made for some great pictures. The falls are not real big, and we heard some disappointment from other hikers who expected more. But I read about the trail beforehand, and knew what to expect. We even expected the horse poo that was present along the way. That was the only negative part. But dodging the horse poo was actually easy . . . escaping the smell of the horse poo, not as easy . . . Still, it was tolerable, and the trail was enjoyable.

hiking
5 months ago

Good exercise. Just wish it didn't have so much horse poop!

6 months ago

Nice hike, waterfalls were small but pleasant. The hike was great all on its own

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike. I suggest it. Falls are underwhelming tho.

hiking
6 months ago

Simple and beautiful.

mountain biking
6 months ago

not bad, good climbing but not much technical downhill for the effort.
Falls were really lite, prob not the best time of year to go.

hiking
6 months ago

we just went to the falls and back. I'd put that as an easy hike not moderate but maybe the moderate rating is for the whole loop. lotta horse poo on the trail so watch your step.

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