Kennedy Creek

A great location for field trips and environmental education that is southwest of Oyster Bay and west of Olympia that includes the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail.

getting there

Kennedy Creek is located on Old Highway 99 just north of the Steamboat Island exit off of US-101. There is limited parking. Carpooling is recommended. 

NOTES

Information LEADERS

scheduling & permits

  • This area is primarily used by our Olympia Branch for their Navigation Course field trips. 
  • Permits are required in this area for all fee-based (course-related) activities, regardless of group size, and all free activities involving 13 or more people. Leaders may list trips at this route/place with the understanding that they need to verify that a permit has been obtained before running the trip (if required as outlined above). Permit applications are submitted to WA Department of Natural Resources annually in December. Please contact info@mountaineers.org with any additional questions. More details about permitting on WA DNR land as it applies to Mountaineers trips, as well as our current year Land Use License, is on our Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) web page.
  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the recommended party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 1.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft
  • 200 ft
Map
  • USGS Summit Lake
  • see Notes
  • see Land Manager
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Olympia Navigation Field Trip - Kennedy Creek

Navigation Field trip: Basic Navigation Course
This all-day field trip offers hands-on practice in compass use, map interpretation, navigation by compass
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, May 11, 2024
No Prerequisites
7 participants on waitlist 2 instructors
Registration closes Mar 14
Olympia Branch
Mike Kretzler
Qualified Youth Leader

Olympia Navigation Field Trip - Kennedy Creek

Navigation Field trip: Basic Navigation Course
This all-day field trip offers hands-on practice in compass use, map interpretation, navigation by compass
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sun, May 12, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants 7 instructors
Registration closes Mar 14
Olympia Branch
Mike Kretzler
Qualified Youth Leader

BBBS - Day Hike - Kennedy Creek

Youth Field trip: Mountain Workshop - Big Brothers Big Sisters
This program that we are providing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Thurston County will
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Nov 9, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Nov 7
Olympia Branch
Claire Edwards
Qualified Youth Leader

Mountain Workshop - JBLM Girl Scouts - Olympia - Kennedy Creek

Day Hiking Field trip: Mountain Workshop -JBLM GSAA
Activity for JBLM GSAA
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Nov 23, 2024
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Nov 21
Olympia Branch
Claire Edwards
Qualified Youth Leader
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