Sunday, January 3, 2016

Nature at McLane Creek

By Janine Gates

Above: Just before snow turned the South Sound into a winter wonderland on Sunday afternoon, a bald eagle kept a watchful eye at the McLane Creek Nature Trail. The short, one mile, family friendly walk off Delphi Road on Olympia’s westside is popular in all seasons. 

The McLane Creek Nature Trail on the eastern edge of the Capitol State Forest features a peaceful, up close look at beaver ponds and wetlands, ducks, frogs, newts, red-winged blackbirds, eagles, berry-eating cedar waxwings in the summer, and spectacular salmon spawning in the creek in fall. 

Above: McLane Creek pond scene. 

Although there are flat, wooden boardwalks and viewing platforms in several places, the trail is not technically wheelchair accessible. The trail is managed by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Above: Ice crystals on cattail fronds at McLane Creek.