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Mima Mounds Trail

EASY 95 reviews
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Mima Mounds Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A Discover Pass is required to enter the Capitol State Forest. Mima Mounds are a natural prairie land of puzzling mounds that have baffled scientist and geologists for years. They are definitely worth a look 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. There is a 0.5 mile loop that is ADA accessible.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail. The early morning frost was beautifully glistening in the sun and coating the spider webs, long grass, and shrubs. We also got to hear meadow larks singing their beautiful songs.

hiking
2 months ago

small hiking trail with platforms for observation and photos.

hiking
4 months ago

A great trail to view the prehistoric mounds created by Mimathons, a long extinct Giant population. Local springs provided a natural source of water for these colossal humanoids, while an abundance of wildlife and vegetation aided in sustenance. Trees that once stood 400ft tall were uprooted during mating rituals, and these mounds were made by Mimathons to bury the smell of excrement on their pristine prairie. Enjoy the views, freedom fire, expansive skyline and prehistoric poop piles

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

It’s an open expanse with no shade. Flat rather featureless terrain with a scattering of curious glacial hillocks. The incessant gun shots from the neighbor private skeet club adds little to the overall experience. It’s an okay place to visit if you’re just after some exercise and an uncrowned environment.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail indeed. Came on a great day-clear sky, 70, no humidity. Walked 3.8 miles in two hours and took many pictures. Use the ADA trail if you want shade.

hiking
6 months ago

Cute little walk

7 months ago

just a boring loop sometimes you may see coyotes and wolf.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Pretty good trail for just walking. Near a shooting range, so that seems to scare off any wildlife. Not much to see except the mounds, so not my favorite, as I like scenic places closer to the water. But a great, quick trail hike. Not hilly, and there is a small loop in the wooded area. Mostly, you’re in the open prairie field. If it’s sunny, I would suggest sunscreen, and if you have a stroller, once you’re off the pavement it’s pretty bumpy.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

what a weird place! the interpretive signs at the start were helpful to learn about this interesting spot. the trail was easy and even inspired me to jog in stretches. there are a handful of benches along the way to take in the view. there are no trees so bring a visored hat for some shade!

hiking
8 months ago

It looked nice. I didn’t go very far because it sounded like it was close to a gun range. Which puts me off of any hiking place.

hiking
9 months ago

Doesn’t allow dogs, so a non-starter for our family. Disappointing.

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hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Family friendly.

9 months ago

Nice easy hike. Good for early spring hike.

Very well maintained wheelchair accessible path. Maintained parking area. Nice overlook tower, and informative station.

walking
Fri Aug 24 2018

The longer loop is a little rocky but overall it's a nice walk. There are a lot of grasshoppers so watch your step and try not to smoosh them! Also, ladies don't wear a v-neck! I had two hit me on the lower chest area and they might have gotten in my shirt if it had been lower cut. Wish there wasn't a gun range close by, you can absolutely hear the rounds going off.

hiking
Tue Aug 21 2018

Nice walk for kids and the short walk is ADA accessible. Very easy for families, but not for people looking for a good work out. We didn't hear any gunshots, thankfully, as others have. Interesting natural site.

Sun Jul 22 2018

Great area to get out and go for a jog or just enjoy the nature, there is an ADA accessible paved path, but you can also go further out on the dirt path. You can usually see hawks about half way out, sometimes you see RC planes in the field next to the mounds. The people complaining about gunshots must not go very far in because you definitely don't hear it the whole trail, occasionally by the entrance you do hear the sportsman's club enjoying their freedom and exercising their 2nd ammendment rights.

Tue Jun 26 2018

Interesting geography and a nice little interpretive center. I caught the end of wildflower season and was there on a hot day-- bad idea as there was no shade. Saw hawks diving for prey. Recommend going on an overcast day.

Sat Jun 02 2018

Drove almost an hour to get there, it wasn't worth it. Very boring, and an extremely easy paved walk. Not to mention you can't bring pets, and the park is next to a shooting range. The entire time you walk you hear gunshots. I will not be back again. I don't recommend it for people wanting good views or a good workout. However, it would be a nice visit for families with children.

walking
Sun May 27 2018

Very boring. We drove 40 minutes to get here and it definitely wasn’t worth it. I don’t recommend it.

Sun May 20 2018

Fun, interesting outing with my two boys. Nice family outing!

Tue May 01 2018

nice flat, has an ADA loop that os easy on my wife since she had knee replacement. The other two loops are easy and was a great work out for ankles after a major surgery. The booming of the guns at the sportsman center after a bit is easily tuned out and we were entertained by model aircraft flying nearby. Lots of early spring blooms for wild flowers as well as a number of scatt markings from several animals. A fun hour get away.

hiking
Sat Apr 28 2018

Great trail....can't wait to go again when the flowers are blooming!

Mon Apr 23 2018

Nice stroll. Wildflowers are just starting to come out. Still sparse but lots of songbirds, woodpeckers & deer around as well. Will come back in a couple of weeks to see if more flowers are out.

running
Sat Apr 07 2018

There is nothing challenging about this trail, but it is very interesting. I love running on it because the ground is very soft. I like coming here to see the sunset. It is rarely ever crowded when I go.

hiking
Sat Mar 31 2018

such great weather. nice family walk

hiking
Sun Jan 14 2018

Love this place! Easy for kids to come along as well. Beautiful flowers and scenery in spring and summer! Neat history too!! What a fun place!

walking
Wed Nov 15 2017

Such a pretty little area. Not hard to get to at all, and gives some pretty good photo opportunities. Been here a couple times and would still go again. ❤️

walking
Mon Sep 25 2017

it's a basic outdoor walk. easy for families or an afternoon stroll. interesting landscape with a cool exhibit about the history and some speculation about how the mounds were formed.

Sat Jul 15 2017

Was nice and sunny, not a bad walk. Great for beginners or out of shape folks like myself.

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