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Mima Mounds

Bulletin board and trail signs at trailhead

Welcome to Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

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Mima Mounds

Paved trail winding through wooden fenced area

No dogs or bicycles please (see rules page)

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Mima Mounds

Paved trail winding through trees and grass-covered mounds

Mima mounds has paved trails and an ADA accessible oberservation platform

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Mima Mounds

Stump and grass with seedheads alongside paved trail

During spring, the mounds are covered with grass and wildflowers in bloom

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Mima Mounds

Concrete-domed structure set in grassy mounds with railed platform on top

Set near the start of the trail is a concrete observation dome with interpretive panels and stairs up to a viewing platform

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Mima Mounds

Railed observation deck atop domed interpretive building

Observation deck

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Mima Mounds

Interp Panel: The site was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1966.  These unusual and mysterious mounds are covered by beautiful prairie grassland with native wildflowers and bunch grasses.

One of many DNR Interpretive Panels

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Mima Mounds

Grassy mounds topped with daisies.  Forest of pine trees in background

A typical view of Mima Mounds

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Mima Mounds

Railed wooden platform set among flower topped mounds

ADA accessible observation platform

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Mima Mounds

DNR Trail Maps

DNR Trail Maps

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Mima Mounds

Wildflowers growing on mounds with pine trees in background

Wildflowers growing on mounds

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Mima Mounds

Fallen tree covered in moss and salal

Nurse log

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Mima Mounds

Huckleberries growing out of a tree stump alongside paved trail

There are trails through the surrounding forest as well

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Wild strawberries and moss

Wild strawberries and moss

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Mima Mounds

bright red berries on green stems

Red Huckleberries

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Mima Mounds

Spotted pink cone-shaped flowers

Foxglove

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Mima Mounds

Railed wooden platform with blue mountains in distance

ADA accessible platform surrounded by mounds and trees

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Mima Mounds

Delicate white flowers in cluster

Oceanspray flowers

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Mima Mounds

Bright orange spotted lily flower

Tiger lily

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Mima Mounds

Purple flowers, red clover and ferns

Purple self heal flowers

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Mima Mounds

White daisys and light blue bell-shaped flowers

Daisys and common harebell

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Mima Mounds

Wood ramp leading up to railed viewing platform

Close up of viewing platform

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Mima Mounds

Paved trail through mounds topped by daisys

Trail winding through wildflowers

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Mima Mounds

Concrete-domed building set between mounds topped with grass and flowers

Back side of domed observation building

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Mima Mounds

Brown and golden colored mounds with large pine tree in foreground

In fall, the colors are more brown and golden

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Mima Mounds

Veiny, spongy web of lichen growing on ground

Coastal reindeer lichen

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Mima Mounds

Close up of moss and lichen on rough pine tree trunk

Moss grows thick on the trees surrounding the mounds

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Mima Mounds

Sword fern backlit to expose spores on underside of fronds

Sword fern backlit to expose spores on underside of fronds

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Mima Mounds

Mushrooms growing on cracked and separating tree trunk

Much of the forest surounding the mounds is left to natural processes

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Mima Mounds

Ferns growing on oak tree

Ferns growing on oak tree

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Mima Mounds

Bright orange and brown leaves on twisted oak branch

Fall colors of oak trees

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Mima Mounds

Paved trail winding through grass and into treeline

Heading back to parking lot

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Mima Mounds

Paved trail lined by thick grass

Trailhead

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Mima Mounds

Monument: Mima Mounds has been designated a registered natural landmark...U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service 1967

Mounument at start of trail

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Mima Mounds

Bulletin board and trail signs at trailhead

Welcome to Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve



Paved trail winding through wooden fenced area

No dogs or bicycles please (see rules page)



Paved trail winding through trees and grass-covered mounds

Mima mounds has paved trails and an ADA accessible oberservation platform



Stump and grass with seedheads alongside paved trail

During spring, the mounds are covered with grass and wildflowers in bloom



Concrete-domed structure set in grassy mounds with railed platform on top

Set near the start of the trail is a concrete observation dome with interpretive panels and stairs up to a viewing platform



Railed observation deck atop domed interpretive building

Observation deck



Interp Panel: The site was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1966.  These unusual and mysterious mounds are covered by beautiful prairie grassland with native wildflowers and bunch grasses.

One of many DNR Interpretive Panels



Grassy mounds topped with daisies.  Forest of pine trees in background

A typical view of Mima Mounds



Railed wooden platform set among flower topped mounds

ADA accessible observation platform



DNR Trail Maps

DNR Trail Maps



Wildflowers growing on mounds with pine trees in background

Wildflowers growing on mounds



Fallen tree covered in moss and salal

Nurse log



Huckleberries growing out of a tree stump alongside paved trail

There are trails through the surrounding forest as well



Wild strawberries and moss

Wild strawberries and moss



bright red berries on green stems

Red Huckleberries



Spotted pink cone-shaped flowers

Foxglove



Railed wooden platform with blue mountains in distance

ADA accessible platform surrounded by mounds and trees



Delicate white flowers in cluster

Oceanspray flowers



Bright orange spotted lily flower

Tiger lily



Purple flowers, red clover and ferns

Purple self heal flowers



White daisys and light blue bell-shaped flowers

Daisys and common harebell



Wood ramp leading up to railed viewing platform

Close up of viewing platform



Paved trail through mounds topped by daisys

Trail winding through wildflowers



Concrete-domed building set between mounds topped with grass and flowers

Back side of domed observation building



Brown and golden colored mounds with large pine tree in foreground

In fall, the colors are more brown and golden



Veiny, spongy web of lichen growing on ground

Coastal reindeer lichen



Close up of moss and lichen on rough pine tree trunk

Moss grows thick on the trees surrounding the mounds



Sword fern backlit to expose spores on underside of fronds

Sword fern backlit to expose spores on underside of fronds



Mushrooms growing on cracked and separating tree trunk

Much of the forest surounding the mounds is left to natural processes



Ferns growing on oak tree

Ferns growing on oak tree



Bright orange and brown leaves on twisted oak branch

Fall colors of oak trees



Paved trail winding through grass and into treeline

Heading back to parking lot



Paved trail lined by thick grass

Trailhead



Monument: Mima Mounds has been designated a registered natural landmark...U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service 1967

Mounument at start of trail