Church Creek–Satsop Lakes


Stewardship - Church Creek–Satsop Lakes

Join the Olympia Branch for National Trails Day and celebration of our nation’s remarkable trails and kick off our annual trail maintenance season on the Church Creek Trail. We always have a lot of work so you can choose from a variety of trail maintenance projects to match your interest and skills.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

We will meet at 7:45a.m. at Haggen’s 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. 

Meeting elsewhere can be arranged, but meeting at this unique trailhead is not a good location.

This will be our first trail maintenance trip to the Church Creek Trail this year, in large part because the Wildlife Protection gates are closed until May 1, and there is usually deep snow into June.  Our planned scouting trip in mid-May will provide important trail condition information.

There’s much clean up to do as this season begins.   Depending on the number of participants, trail maintenance will likely consist of (1) Crosscut Saw work to clear a hike’s path through any down trees, (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.  In early June wildflowers are abundant and there are several waterfalls in deep canyons that intersect the trail. Wander among old-growth giants on this off-the-beaten-path trail on the southeastern side of the Olympics Forest (about 50 miles from Olympia


participants will earn:


Church Creek–Satsop Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials, day pack, snacks, water and lunch
  • Participants will need to dress for the weather, wear work or hiking boots  and be prepared for a weather change.   
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will be provided including hard hat, work gloves and eye protection.  Tools will be provided. 
  • Crew members can choose to bring their own PPE and hand tools suitable to the tasks described. 
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