Dry Creek


Day Hike - Dry Creek

Preference to Olympia Conditioning Hiking Series Course Participants. Contact Leader to register. Open Register on 5/13/17

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 7.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

Meet at Haggen/Top Foods (1313 Cooper Point Road SW Olympia, WA 98502) parking lot at 8:00 am.  I drive a dark grey Subaru Wagon Outback and will be parked near  Pier 1 (north end) of the parking lot.  Carpooling to the trailhead is strongly encouraged.  I will be driving and have room for 3 in my car.  

Dry Creek trail is a terrific spring hike with lots of wildflowers and not many people.  Maybe one of the reasons there aren’t many people is because the road from just before the Mt Rose trailhead to the Dry Creek trailhead is not much of a road.  It is full of potholes and takes probably 30 minutes to travel the couple of miles – so if you are driving make sure your vehicle is high clearance and/or AWD.   If you are prone to carsickness this would not be a good hike for you.

The first section of the hike is relatively flat and offers views of Copper Mountain and Mt Rose as well as some other peaks.  The trail then starts climbing thru secondary growth.  Trip reports say there are quite a few blowdowns but they should be easily manageable to get over/under.  And this is not a dry creek.  


Dry Creek

  • Green Trails Mt Steel No. 167

    Green Trails Mt Tebo No. 199

    Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman

    USGS Mt Skokomish

    USGS Lightning Peak

    USGS Mt Tebo

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
Trip Reports