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Shafer State Park - East Fork Satsop River Loop

Olympic Peninsula

A one-mile loop through forest and along the East Fork of the Satsop River. A cutoff trail allows this hike to be made even shorter, if desired. Continue reading


Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia
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1.3 miles, roundtrip



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  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
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Try this trail for a short leg-stretcher.

Beginning from the trailhead, your route starts by crossing a bridge across the river from the parking lot picnic area. It is marked by a sign: "Forest Loop Trail". After the bridge, the trail goes downhill to an interpretive sign and a fork in the trail.

You can follow the loop in either direction as it goes through a mossy forest, and along the Satsop River for a short while. In spring expect to see flowers, in summer berries! The loop is divided by trail partway through, which you can take to make the total hike about a half-mile instead of the full 1.3 miles. 

The way is mostly flat and level, meaning it's a great option for people hiking with kids.

WTA Pro Tip: In addition to the loop trail, there are several small connector trails in the campground. If you're staying here, be sure to check those out, too!

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Shafer State Park - East Fork Satsop River Loop

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Co-ordinates: 47.0966, -123.4651 Open in Google Maps


Olympic Peninsula -- Olympia

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Getting There

From Olympia, take Highway 101 westbound towards Aberdeen. In 5.5 miles keep left onto Highway 8. Continue driving west on Highway 8 for 21 miles then merge on Highway 12 for 4.4 miles then turn right to exit at 4th Street.

In 0.2 miles turn left onto Monte Elma St for 0.5 miles then right onto E Satsop Road. Continue on E Satsop Road for 7.8 miles until it turns into W Shafer Park Road. In 0.1 miles turn right to enter the state park.

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