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Capitol State Forest - Sherman Creek Loop

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia
46.9386, -123.1300 Map & Directions
Length
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
800 feet
Highest Point
1150 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Sherman Creek. Photo by MadelineR. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

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This is one of the longest hike options in Capitol State Forest -- weaving through wooded valleys and along quietly flowing creeks, visitors here may discover not only natural wonders but also relics from the time that this area was the home of many a logging show. Continue reading

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Hiking Capitol State Forest - Sherman Creek Loop

This is one of the longest hike options in Capitol State Forest -- weaving through wooded valleys and along quietly flowing creeks, visitors here may discover not only natural wonders but also relics from the time that this area was the home of many a logging show.

Begin at the Fall Creek trailhead. The parking lot is large with lots of room due to equestrian use being allowed on the trail. The trail starts by crossing the creek and continues a quarter mile or so before splitting. Since it is a loop trail, you can choose to go right or left and see all the same sights. To follow Sherman Creek, begin by turning right at the junction. Follow the trail around a small ridge to where Sherman and Lost Valley Creeks meet. As you round the bend, the trail splits. Both sides keep you on the Lost Creek Trail, but the one on the right will take you along a road for a brief stretch.

Continue straight past the road and follow Lost Valley Creek to the junction with the Mima Falls West trail right at the beginning of the creek. If you're looking to extend your hike, you can follow the Mima Falls West trail right and there is a whole other network of trails you can connect to. To complete this loop, stay left on the Mima Falls West trail for .4 miles until you meet with the McKenny trail.

Hang a left and the trail climbs slowly, passing a fragrant field of skunk cabbage as well as towering fir trees. Continue climbing, and cross a logging road, then enter a mature second-growth forest, the result of replanting from the visitors who were here in their log trucks years ago. The trail takes you up and down for 2.1 miles until you reach the trailhead again.

For those looking to adventure in Capitol Forest you can check out https://www.dnr.wa.gov/Capitol where you will find maps of the forest and even a digital and georeferenced map that with an app you have all of Capitol forest at your fingertips and can see exactly where you are in the forest.

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Capitol State Forest - Sherman Creek Loop

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 46.9386, -123.1300 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Hwy 101 in Olympia take Black Lake Blvd south, continue on Black Lake Blvd until it turn into 62nd Ave SW and arrives at a T intersection. Make a left at the T and you'll be on Delphi Rd. Aftera few miles you will make a right on Waddell Creek Rd. After a few more miles Waddell Creek Rd you will come to another T intersection, this time you will be the top of the T and continue straight and the Road will become the Sherman Valley Rd which is also known as the C-Line Rd. From here you will continue up the C-Line until you see the signs and turn off for Fall Creek Campground. Continue downhill and the signs will lead you to the Fall Creek Campground and trail head.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

USGS Little Rock

Capitol State Forest DNR Map

Capitol State Forest Recreation and Trails Map PDF: https://bit.ly/1PpWHwq

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