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.
dogs on leash
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 Older guides will reference these outdated trail names.
The hike was less appealing due to the constant sound of gunshots from the shooting range. It sounded like there was shooting from 2 different areas in the hike. It was very loud especially near the start of the hike.
This hike is absolutely beautiful!
Parking: there are tons of signs as to how to get to the trailhead. Lots of parking! They are redoing the parking lot with more solid gravel.
Bathrooms: there are bathrooms, no sinks. Bring sanitizer for hands.
Trail: starts off very dry. Lots of signs so you know where to go. The first 1/3 of the trail is shared with horses (until April 30th, then the whole trail is open to horses) so watch for poop! You'll get to E9000 MF (a gravel road) you have to cross over. Go to the right & you'll see a sign, follow that trail up. You'll see where they logged the forest. Eventually you'll notice it goes from logging to full forest. You'll cross over some bridges, boardwalks, & see some of the streams coming down. A few switchbacks up & some minor hills to climb. The closer to the Falls, the muddier it got. It wasn't too bad, we wore boots & only about an inch or two were covered in mud. The Falls are gorgeous! There's a picnic table up there too.
Overall, LOVED the hike. My son (5) did the whole hike & had no trouble. Definitely worth the 6.6 miles!
fun easy day walk!
Good easy family hike. Nothing extraordinary but it's perfect for going on a nice walk
Nice trail,very little mud. Nobody on the trail when I went. A great day for a hike
Many hikers were out enjoying the beautiful spring weather. The trail was in good condition with the occasional muddy spots. Campground Trail is a little longer than the straight Mima East trail, but it gives you a better view of old growth and the wetland areas. The falls are always a good climax to the hike.
My mom and I hiked this trail and continued on after we saw the actual Mima falls. The trail changed from mima falls east to mima falls west. My mom and I ended up hiking 14 miles round trip because we went on mima falls west. Unless you want to hike for 5 hours... don't take mima falls west!! The initial short hike to mima falls was fun though! I would recommend mountain biking if you want to do the whole thing
Awesome hike! Waterfall is beautiful and the terrain isn't that bad. If you love terrain runs, definitely check this loop trail out.
Beautiful trail, great for dogs, a bit muddy due to the March rain. Highly recommend.
Great overall hike. Starting out on gravel for approximately 1.5-2 miles but then once you get onto the trail to the waterfalls, it is absolutely beautiful. Not many hikers on the trail. Trails can be very muddy and slick. The waterfall is absolutely stunning.
My friend and I took our 4 kiddos (tandem carrying) to the falls yesterday. It probably would have been a good hike had it not rained the whole time. Lots of puddles and mud. The falls were okay and I'm so glad there was 1 picnic table to eat our lunch at. We ended up taking the east trailhead at the upper lot and we took the first left and then the second left which took us to the falls We didn't do the loop as this was long enough with carrying our kiddos. This there and back was around 4.9 miles I think.