Mima Falls


Day Hike - Mima Falls

Experience the fall colors of a combination deciduous and old growth forest while hiking on a less used trail through the beautiful Capitol State Forest to scenic Mima Falls, where we have our lunch at a picnic table, with a short stop at mysterious Mima Mounds on the return drive.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Meet at 9 AM in the parking lot of  the Farm Boy Drive-In at the end of Exit 95 from I-5, south of Olympia.

From the Farm Boy Drive-In we will caravan to the trailhead parking lot at the Margaret McKinnon Campground.  The trail we will hike on bypasses the gun range that is near the trailhead mentioned as the starting point in most guidebooks.  Our trailhead parking lot also has more space than the one mentioned in the guidebooks and has fewer cars parked in it.  On the drive back, we will stop briefly at Mima Mounds Natural Area to see the mounds and the exhibits describing the various theories of how they got there.  A Discover Pass must be displayed by each car at both the Margaret McKinnon parking lot and the Mima Mounds parking lot.  Restrooms are available at the Farm Boy Drive-In, the Margaret McKinnon parking lot and the Mima Mounds parking lot.  On the way home we will have an optional refreshment stop at the Farm Boy Drive-In.


Mima Falls

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
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