McLane Creek Nature Trail. Credit: Tom Caswll/Flickr CC
McLane Creek Nature Trail, Olympia area
Trees at McLane Creek include cedar, hemlock and vine maple, which provide impressive fall color. No matter how pretty the trees are, your kids may take a greater interest in the beaver pond. In the fall, you can also spot returning chum salmon.
Find it: The trail is in the Capitol State Forest, a Department of Natural Resources site, which means a Discover Pass is required to park. Take I-5 to Highway 8. Take the Black Lake exit and continue west to Delphi Road. Take a right and follow the road to the trailhead. Find more info on the WTA website.
Length: Just over a mile with a shortcut option. There are boardwalks and viewing platforms.
Photo ops: Take a pic of the kids going in or emerging from a natural tunnel of hemlock.
Next stop: Naches Peak Loop
Image credit: Tom Caswell/Flickr CC