Stewardship - Church Creek–Satsop Lakes


Stewardship - Church Creek–Satsop Lakes

Contribute your time for National Public Lands Day, a celebration of your playground, and join the Olympia branch for our end of the season trail maintenance project at Church 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: 3.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Olympia participants will meet at 7:30 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

This will be our last trip to Church Creek Trail because on October 1 the Wildlife Protection gates close off access to the Church Creek trail.  There is much clean up to do at this season's end so we are looking for a good-sized crew.  We will very likely be working from the Eastern Trailhead.  We've not seen the Western trailhead this season and fear the road access is overgrown.  We'll have a chance to check it out in the weeks ahead and will update this posting based on the access. 

Depending on the number of participants, trail maintenance will likely consist of (1) Crosscut Saw work to clear the few remaining logs, (2) tread and drainage repair to restore trail from winter drainage problems and, (3) brushing to cut back vegetation from encroaching on the trail pathway. Tread repair will play a large part in the day’s activities. 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.


participants will earn:


Church Creek–Satsop Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

Lunch and plenty of water

Tools, hard hats, work gloves and eye protection are provided.

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