Church Creek–Satsop Lakes


Stewardship - Church Creek–Satsop Lakes

Contribute your time for National Public Lands Day (our playground) and join the Olympia and Kitsap branches for our end of the season trail maintenance project at Chruch Creek Trail. We'll have a variety of projects from an abundance of brushing to tread repair with a few log-outs too.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft

Olympia participants will meet at 7:00 at Haggens Grocery located at 1313 Cooper Point Road Northwest, Olympia.  Meet on the left-hand side of the large parking lot (left while facing the storefront) over by a row of trees.   

The Kitsap crew will meet at 8:00 at the WDFW Fish hatchery at the intersection of State Route 101 and Skokomish Valley Road (same road used for the South Fork of the Skokomish Trails). 

This will be our last trip to Church Creek Trail because on October 1 Wildlife Protection gates close off access to the Chruch Creek trailhead.  There is much clean up to do at this season's end so we are looking for a large crew.    Our goal will be to recruit enough for two trail crews, one to work from the Western trailhead and the second to work from the Eastern trailhead. 

Trail maintenance will consist of Crosscut Saw work to clear a few remaining logs, brushing to cut back vegetation from encroaching on the trail pathway and tread repair to restore trail from winter drainage problems. Try your hand at any or all. Build new skills, enjoy a fun day of service and gain a sense of accomplishment having done a good deed for other hikers.  

Abandoned and almost forgotten, the Church Creek Trail was adopted and reopened by the Olympia Mountaineers, allowing hikers continued access to this multi-use trail in the southern portion of Olympic National Forest. From the trailhead, the path immediately enters a forest of giant silver fir, red cedar, and Douglas-fir, with lush vegetation at your feet, wander among old-growth giants on this off-the-beaten-path trail on the southeastern side of the Olympics.


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Church Creek–Satsop Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

You will want to bring your day pack, lunch and a good supply of water. 

Dress for the weather as forecast, but be prepared for a change in weather as well.  Wear hiking boots and a pair of work gloves.  For those interested in using a Crosscut saw, long pants and long sleeves are required. 

For your personal protection, we will supply eye protection, hard hats, a few pairs of work gloves and radios to contact Forest Service personnel.


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