Mima Mounds

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Trail Name Mima Mounds
Trail No. n/a
Nearest City Olympia
State/Region Washington
Country United States
Trail Use Icon Hike 20px.png Icon Wheelchair 20px.png Icon Family 20px.png Icon Interpretive 20px.png
Type Loop
TH Amenities Icon Bathroom 20px.png
Season Year-Round
Difficulty Rating
4 votes
Distance 2.75 Miles Round Trip
Elevation Gain 10 Feet
Low Point Feet
High Point 225 Feet
Latitude 46.90529
Longitude -123.047572
Trip Reports Mima Mounds
User Rating
4 votes
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Trail Overview

Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve is 637 acres in size and contains the best remaining examples of the unique Mima Mounds. An interpretive trail, suitable for the disabled, meanders through the eerie mounds and great prairie. Longer walks are also available. The Preserve is open to the public everyday.

How to get there

Exit I-5 at Littlerock exit 95. Drive west through Littlerock and continue on 128th Avenue SW until it ends at an intersection with Waddell Creek Road. Turn right on Waddell Creek Road. At a sign announcing "Mima Mounds Natural Area,"turn left and reach the trailhead in 0.4 mile.

Route Description

There are 4 hiking loop options at Mima Mounds. There is a 1 Mile paved path that is wheelchair friendly which features a ramp to the top of a mound as an overlook. To the South of the paved path there is a bigger dirt loop that is 1.9 Miles. This loop also has a smaller loop inside of it. There is a map where the trail cuts off the paved trail. There is also a dirt trail that heads north by the observation building and makes a small mile long loop.

Typical Conditions

Fees, Permits, etc.

  • Discover Pass required to park at the trail head parking area. You can purchase a day use Discover Pass at the trailhead for $10. A $30 annual pass is available for purchase where hunting and fishing licenses are sold, at park office when staff is available or http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov

After the Hike

Miscellaneous Information


Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve Butterfly Guide


More information can be obtained from the WA Dept. of Natural Resources (360)596-5144.

Don't be alarmed if you hear gun shots. The Evergreen Sportsmen's club is located West of the preserve. The firing area is directed away from the preserve. You'll find quiet areas south of the paved trail.


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