Mima Mounds Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until October.
Mima Mounds are a natural prairie land of puzzling mounds that have baffled scientist and geologists for years. They are definitely worth a look see if you're in the Capitol State Forest area. The mounds are the major attraction with a couple of kiosks that explain the possible reasons for their existence. There are a couple of loop trails to take you through the area that are paved. There are also side trails (unpaved) where you can walk around the mounds and experience them, as well as the wildflowers, up close and personal.
Very easy 3-mile walk with options for a shorter walk if needed. Fascinating information center.
Interesting history... State Discover pass required. No Pets allowed. Watch out for scat on the trail and be aware of Private property along the park.
It's fine. There didn't ever seem to be anybody else there the few times I've been... that's a good thing!
I came to the Mima Mounds all the time as a kid. I love it here.
The trail is very, very easy. Almost no elevation gain, fairly short.
The scenery...depends on who you ask. For some, the Mounds are a great mystery, and the musings of 'why' or 'how were these formed?' will keep you company as you stroll through the prairie. For others, you're just walking through a field of small mini-hills. The sounds of the Evergreen Sportsmen Club can be heard in full course here. The thundering blasts of their gunshots can be heard through the wall of evergreen trees that line the Mima field, potentially turning a peaceful stroll into a bothered one. Rest easy, though: there's a policy at the gun range that requires all shots be fired away from the Mima Mounds area.
The Mima Mounds is a nice little surprise in the Capitol State Forest. I was in the area actually visiting Mima Falls and noticed this signed from the road and decided to check it out. I was glad I did! The prairie and the interesting mounds apparently is the stuff of legend. Scientists and geologists are still baffled as to the exact reasons for their existence. The mounds aren't for everyone, I mean if you go in expecting this amazing experience, you'll be greatly let down. They really just are a bunch of mounds in a prairie. You have to go beyond and become interested in the uniqueness of them, or check out the wildflowers if that is your thing, or enjoy the different strolls you can take. For me personally, it was a pleasant surprise and I am glad I stopped by but I wouldn't be mass advertising this to everyone unless I knew they were into geology or wildflowers. I am a photographer, so the landscape was exciting for me photographically. For the casual hiker, with an open mind you may enjoy the experience, but at first glance, a lot of people would probably be like "really?"
A lovely walk to see and experience all sorts of beautiful wildflowers and birds.
Nice paved short trail with wonderful nature views. Diverse areas of local flora and chances to observe wildlife.