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Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve, Olympia

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Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve is a state-protected Natural Area in southwest Washington state, United States. The preserve includes some of the Washington mima mounds, the origin of which still is not fully understood. The site comprises 637 acres (258 ha) of Garry oak woodland, oak savanna, and prairie grasslands. Several state and federal endangered species of butterfly depending on the unique prairie conditions can be found in the preserve, including Mardon skipper, zerene fritillary, Puget blue and Taylor's checkerspot.
In 1966, the mima mounds were designated a National Natural Landmark.
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  • A mildly interesting short trip off I-5. A good stop for kids to stretch their legs. Trails and viewing platforms have been put in and are maintained by the state. VERY narrow entrance/exit road; a... 
    A mildly interesting short trip off I-5. A good stop for kids to stretch their legs. Trails and viewing platforms have been put in and are maintained by the state. VERY narrow entrance/exit road; a...  more »
  • Lived in WA all my life and have been wanting to go see the Mimas. Finally did. We did do this in the Winter so not as pretty as in the spring or summer I am guessing BUT glad I went. Something to go....  more
    Lived in WA all my life and have been wanting to go see the Mimas. Finally did. We did do this in the Winter so not as pretty as in the spring or summer I am guessing BUT glad I went. Something to go....  more »
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  • This was my first time going on a real hike. It was pretty awesome being in the middle of nowhere in the forest. The weather was beautiful but there wasn't much water coming out of the waterfall since there hasn't been any rain. I was shocked that people actually do this for fun. There were some trails that were 22 miles long! I was told this hike trail was "moderate" in difficulty. I encountered two areas where I was huffing and puffing though. I wish there were more signs to lead the way to the waterfall. The signs that were available were pretty awesome because they included a map.
  • Cool hike. If your into geology you might be interested in checking these out. They can't figure out how or why the Mounds are there. The hike is good for all ages. Some if the trail is gravel but no real hills or much elevation change.

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