Hannah McLean, an avid forest user and ultra runner who regularly combines the forest’s trails to achieve distances upwards of 26.2 (marathon distance) miles, says she loves the Fall Creek area. She explains that there is great access to trails that lead up to Capitol Peak, which boasts an impressive view of Mount Rainier, and a few of her other favorites are Margaret McKenny trailhead and the Mima Falls trailhead.
The roads to access these specific trailheads do not encounter many twists and turns, and they are all paved, making for very easy access to the forest.
The popular Fall Creek area was recently upgraded, too. In a crowdfunding effort spearheaded by Friends of the Capitol Forest (FOCF), an event shelter and associated parking lot were built, and the infrastructure is now complete and open for anyone to use. DNR reported that they made a new trail system map in May 2019, and you can find it here.
“There is also a bocce ball court, ping-pong table and fire ring located at the Fall Creek Trailhead,” says McLean, “FOCF is planning future upgrades to the shelter, so stay tuned!”