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See Snow, Salmon and Ice at Olympia’s McLane Creek Nature Trail

After a light dusting of snow fell on a few locations on the Olympic Peninsula, we decided to go to McLane Creek near Olympia. With decomposing salmon, frozen beaver ponds and and snow covered ferns, it made for a gorgeous day.

 

The weather is cold, but seeing a frozen beaver pond, frosty ferns covered with a dusting of snow and salmon, now dead from spawning in the creeks makes this a great place to experience nature. The salmon do smell a little, but seeing them decomposing in creeks, surrounded by eggs they just laid really makes you appreciate life. Soon, the eggs will hatch and the battle to survive will begin again.

 

Located just 7 miles from downtown Olympia and 40 miles from Tacoma, McLane Creek Nature Trail is one extremely easy, pretty and fun for the whole family. Plus, it is dog-friendly, though they will need to be kept on a leash. This is an excellent short trail system that will get you out of the house and into nature. If you want to start hiking, go here and know it gets even better once you go to some trails in the Olympic National Park.

 

 

 

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/Qburu 

More Information: http://exotichikes.com/mclane-creek-olympias-best-afternoon-hike/

 

 

 

If you head out to McLane Creek Nature Trail in early December, this is what might greet you!

 

Near the parking lot at McLane Creek

Near the parking lot at McLane Creek

The Trail along McLane Creek

The Trail along McLane Creek

Dead Chum Salmon along McLane Creek

Dead Chum Salmon along McLane Creek

A rotting Chum salmon, lightly covered with a dusting of snow. McLane Creek

A rotting Chum salmon, lightly covered with a dusting of snow. McLane Creek

The crazy roots of trees along McLane Creek Nature Trail

The crazy roots of trees along McLane Creek Nature Trail

Fosted Ferns along the McLane Creek trail

Fosted Ferns along the McLane Creek trail

The Duck Pond, now frozen, at McLane Creek

The Duck Pond, now frozen, at McLane Creek

The now frozen Beaver Ponds at McLane Creek

The now frozen Beaver Ponds at McLane Creek

Zombie Salmon at McLane Creek

Zombie Salmon at McLane Creek

The Snow is telling you to come hike with us

The Snow is telling you to come hike with us

 

 

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