Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

OutAndBack • 3 mi • 0 ft

Lightning- induced fires and poor soils derived from a thick mix of glacial sand and gravel have produced many treeless prairies south of Olympia. The Mima Mounds prairie is one of the most notable examples. In 1967 the Mima Mounds was designated a national natural landmark by the National Park Service. It wasn’t until 1976 that Washington State designated the 637-acre natural area preserve. The purpose is to protect the Mima mound landforms and prairie grasslands and to provide habitat for prairie- dependent birds and butterflies such as the endangered Mardon skipper (Polites mardon), Zerene fritillary (Speyeria zerene), Puget blue (Icaricia icarioides blackmorei), and Taylor’s checkerspot (Euphydryas editha taylori).
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Littlerock
Length: 3 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round. Best wildflowers: April– June.
Other Uses: Dogs not allowed
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Natural Resources
Local Maps: USGS Rochester; DeLorme Page 82 E-6
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