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Day Hike - Lost Valley Loop

A good in forest and open area hike.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,125 ft
  • Pace: slow to moderate pace (as fast as I can go)

We will meet and the WASH-DOT Park-N-Ride near the intersection of Highway 512 and I - 5, at 8:00 AM to car pool and drive to the trailhead south-west of Olympia. Directions to ParkNride: at west end of Hwy 512 turn left onto South Tacoma Way, drive approx. 1/4 mile then turn left between the McDonalds and Taco time. Drive straight back to the fence.

This will be an all- (or mostly all) day trip, so please don't plan any urgent activities afterwards....


Trail Information: The trail is well trod, and easy to follow, with moderate grades along the way. Starting out in-forest, then we will traverse some open (non-forested) areas.We will switch trails as we go along, so be sure to have a Capitol Forest brochure/map with you to help with navigation.


Lost Valley Loop

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
  11. Due to seasonal issues, please bring good rain gear!
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