McLane Creek

Tumwater, Washington

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If you are looking for a way to combine birding with a family outing, McLane Creek is an attractive place to make the most of both. The site on the outskirts of Olympia offers a 1.1-mile and a .5-mile, wheelchair-accessible trail along with viewing platforms that reach out across beaver ponds that cater not only to birds but also to turtles, rough-skinned newts, and frogs. Add a tunnel that cuts underneath the roots of a cedar tree in the middle of the 1.1-mile trail and this is a natural playground for kids and adults. Habitats: Mixed forest, riparian. Specialty birds: Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Band-tailed Pigeon; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireos; Hermit Warbler.

McLane Creek Professional Review and Guide

"If you are looking for a way to combine birding with a family outing, McLane Creek is an attractive place to make the most of both. The site on the outskirts of Olympia offers a 1.1-mile and a .5-mile, wheelchair-accessible trail along with viewing platforms that reach out across beaver ponds that cater not only to birds but also to turtles, rough-skinned newts, and frogs.

Add a tunnel that cuts underneath the roots of a cedar tree in the middle of the 1.1-mile trail and this is a natural playground for kids and adults. Habitats: Mixed forest, riparian. Specialty birds: Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Band-tailed Pigeon; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireos; Hermit Warbler."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Tumwater
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 150 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Natural Resources
Driving Directions: Directions to McLane Creek

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May 2018