Hike Distance: 7.8 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1636.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 410 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 212688 feet
Keeping in line with avoiding the hunters on the weekends, we headed north almost 100 miles to Millersylvania State Park. This hike is close to Olympia, WA and the long drive always makes us hesitant to drive there. However, this park has a very nice trail system and isn’t crowded off-season. The weather was also rainy, which kept even more people from this area.
Millersylvania State Park offers a few very nice views. The perimeter is forested, while the inner park area is swampy with boardwalks. In addition, the southern boundary is bordered by Deep Lake, which looked eerie and beautiful on this cloudy and rainy day!
We typically hike the perimeter of this park and wind around the northern and western forested trail system. Hiking can be on both dirt trails and graveled park roads. We integrate walks within the swampy core of the park while moving from one side of the park to another. I personally find the swampy area to be the best for photos. The boardwalks, in the swampy area, can be slippery and we needed to take care not to slide or fall. 😦 The shoreline of Deep Lake is typically the last place we visit, and there’s plenty to see here. This place is definitely child friendly!
There’s an RV camping area in this park, and it appears to be open year round? I feel safe in this park as the rangers drive around often, and we saw them twice today!
We’re so happy we made it here today, and thoroughly enjoyed our hike. 🙂