Church Creek–Satsop Lakes


Stewardship - Church Creek–Satsop Lakes

This Trail Maintenance party will continue previous trail repair work on the Eastern side (Skokomish drainage) of the trail focusing on tread repair and improving drainage. Step construction may be included to improve a hazardous section of trail. Our most experienced members will serve as mentors in tread repair.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 2.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft


 Meet at  7:30 a.m. 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.

Carpooling is possible between family members and members of a pod.  Otherwise, all participants will be driving the  50 miles to and 50 miles from the trailhead.  Arrangements can be made for low clearance vehicles to cover the last 2 miles of mountainous water bars if needed. 

 We'll plan to depart from the same location meeting at designated points along the way to be sure none are left behind.   Maps and directions will be available.  Return time is estimated at 5:00 PM

 We will focus on staying safe while working on the trails prior to the trip and throughout by reviewing pertinent information in  Stay Safe Washington, The Mountaineers COVID Code, and the Olympic National Forest's Risk Assessment and Volunteer Operating Plan.

Water on the trail is one of the biggest problems on the Church Creek Trail.  Currently, the concept is to recruit teams of two or three people.  We will all study the basics of tread repair and drainage improvement techniques together in a socially distanced manner of training.  Each team will claim a section of trail with tread and drainage problems (perhaps 50 yards in length) beginning with the first team near the trailhead.  We will separate while each team will focus on tread repair and solving drainage problems.  Each team will have written materials and a demonstration of skills needed as a review.  A crew leader will visit each worksite during the start of work and near the end of the day’s activities. 

Everyone will have their own tool(s). Disinfectant will be available. The ONF has provided us with face masks and hand sanitizer.   

There are many locations where water on the trail is a problem and multiple water bars and or drain dips are needed or need to be repaired.  There is also a section of braided stream where 5 or 6 intermittent stream crossings are within 1/8 of a mile. 


participants will earn:


Church Creek–Satsop Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, lunch, and water.

Face Masks are required and will be worn during short periods of time when social distancing can not be maintained.  Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be available. 

Wear clothing suitable for the weather as forecast including work or trail boots.

Tools, hardhats, work gloves and eye protection are provided. Tools can not be shared between participants according to COVID-19 Protocol.  Please feel free to bring your favorite hand tool(s)/

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