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Day Hike - Nisqually State Park

Experience one of Washington's newest state parks, hiking on a wide, well-maintained forest trail to a lunch spot by the beautiful Nisqually River, returning by the same route.

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  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft

Meet at 10:30 AM in the Nisqually State Park parking lot on  Mashel Prairie/Medical Springs Road, reached from I-5 by turning east on SR 512, south at the first exit (Steele Street), continuing south on the Spanaway Loop Road, right (south) at SR 7 (Pacific Ave), continuing 19.6 miles to the Mashel Prairie Road, where signs direct you to the park.  

There is a restroom by the parking lot, but those wanting a food stop before the hike may want to stop at nearby Eatonville, where a Subway Restaurant is open for breakfast.  A Discover Pass must be displayed by each car parked at the trailhead parking lot.


Nisqually State Park

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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