Lake Sylvia State Park/Montesano City Forest

Montesano City Forest A hidden treasure located 30 minutes from Olympia. Trailhead access is from Lake Sylvia State Park.

The City of Montesano owns a nearly 5,000 acre forest immediately north of the city that is within the city limits. It is operated to support multi-use goals, including sustained income, recreation, and fish and wildlife habitat. There are two 2-mile loops within this 237 acre state park and city forest. 

Information for Leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • 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.
  • The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any additional permitting regulations.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 2.0 mi
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