The Hiker Mama

McLane Creek

Distance: There are two loops of trails; you can choose the 1.1 mile outer loop, or the 0.6 mile inner loop. You can also do a figure-8 and include both.

Elevation Gain: Trails are flat.

Season: Year-round.

Description: This sweet little trail takes hikers around a beaver pond, through wetlands and forest, and to a stream. Much of the trail is on raised boardwalks through the marshy area, and other paths are gravel and dirt. Easy enough for little feet, yet interesting for older children and adults, this area has a bit of something for everyone. We saw birds, newts, flowers, and even a snake the day we went. There are pit toilets and picnic tables at the trailhead.

Directions: From I-5 in Olympia, take Hwy 101 east to the exit for Black Lake Blvd. Take a left at the exit and head south on Black Lake Blvd. After about 3.5 miles, the road turns into 62nd Ave. When you get to a T intersection, take a right onto Delphi Rd. Drive about 0.7 mile and take a left into the McLane Creek Demonstration Forest. Pass the first parking area and continue to the end of the road and the trailhead. You’ll need a Discover Pass to park.

Links: Read more about the trail on the WTA website. Get a map to print out. Read our trip report.


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