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trail running
13 hours ago

Really a great park with some beautiful scenery. Perfect day, lightly trafficked but everyone was friendly. The water in the lake filthy I’m not sure if it always does during this time of year but that is the only real negative. I will definitely do this again. As a side trail, I ran up this winding Hill to the police memorial… That added an extra challenge to this trail.

Super pretty trail! Harder than I thought it would be but it was a great hike

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trails with moss covered trees. The trails are labeled really well so you can shorten and extend you hike through the park easily. Definitely going back!

Great trail right in the middle of town! The trail is marked with signs, so very hard to get lost! Part of the trail is closed due to construction but I loved it! Lots of old growth gives you plenty of shade but remember your bug spray!

walking
7 days ago

Awesome trail! Very peaceful. I would recommend this trail if you have dogs!

hiking
7 days ago

It was so peaceful and there were also some great pictures that could be taken

well maintained, easy walk. bugs are bad in the evening.

Nice trail in the middle of town! This trail was more challenging than I expected, which is a good thing! I thought it would be too easy. It is a nicely shaded trail, a little bumpy and narrow in some spots, but overall pretty clear. I was using the app for directions as I walked, but I still went off the trail twice. There are some pretty steep spots, so be careful. There's also a little 6 foot bridge. I will definitely be walking this trail more often!

walking
9 days ago

Ok...There are drug users and homeless in the parking lot. Some garbage about. But...boy, Its so well worth walking past them. I felt that being armed would be appropriate. Husband and I took our dogs for an hour walk one direction thru an enchanting creek with gentle ankle deep water, and stunning trees and vegetation. We stuck to the creek, and didn’t take the trail. It was so very pretty, the dogs loved it. There is a small, clean lake where the trail starts. No drug users past the parking lot...a guy was puking in the parking lot next to our vehicle when we returned. Welcome to Swan Creek!

Hiked this with my 2 year old granddaughter. (There are a lot of stairs) Cute wooden bears up high in the trees and beautiful scenery ❤️

walking
13 days ago

Awesome local urban walking, running and biking surfaces.

Nothing too exciting. If you like mazes this trail would be a great choice!

Trail is a nice loop, walked it with my dog. All dogs I came across were on leash. Park and restrooms are clean. Nice playground. Lake is good for fishing, paddle boarding and floating but too gross for swimming or wading.

Didn’t even get out of my car. The garbage, spray painting and the guy living out of his van was enough for me. I did a u turn and went to another park.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice walk through woods and canopy overhang next to a creek. Pretty easy trail, used a stroller instead of backpacking the little one (I’d backpack when doing it again though), parts of the trail we had to lift the stroller over roots and rocks ( some stairs), decent elevation changes for pushing stroller, but overall pretty easy. would do it again, convenient do to location.

Starts off hilly with a couple good declines and inclines. We took the outer loop and a couple off shoots to make it longer. It wasn't crowded even though we weren't on a Saturday morning. passed some runners and other casual hikers. Avid hikers wouldn't waste their time with it. But for us, it was a good way to get a reasonable hike in without going too far or taking too long. Well maintained trail. Good views of the water and the city.

Nice trail to walk with the dogs. Tree-lined, paved path with a good amount of foot traffic, but it’s typically not overly crowded.

We’ve biked and walked this one. Very nice trail, but can be a bit crowded. There is a fun playground about a quarter of the way in from the south end.

road biking
29 days ago

Good trail for easy bike ride

road biking
29 days ago

Nice bike ride with a few hills. Paved for the 11.5 miles. Easy to moderate depending on your level and bike training.

Gorgeous views of the Sound and the Olympics on a clear day. Peaceful and a short walk/bike ride/ drive from downtown Olympia.

walking
29 days ago

This was my backyard for several years and is s nice place to safely walk in town without having to concern yourself with traffic. Great views on clear days.

trail running
29 days ago

A terrific trail. This is a great “moderate” trail as it has plenty of hills and flat parts. There are no water spots or restrooms along the trail, but there are plenty of exits along the trail if you want to make it shorter. I will definitely do this again.

This is a very nice trail, except it's easy to get lost. I would not consider it easy with all of the steep hills. I did love it, except not knowing what direction to go.

hiking
30 days ago

The trail hike is beautiful with dense trees/bushes with birds chirping around you (summer). The peak of Cedar Mountain is not spectacular, but you can see Mt Rainier between distant trees nicely. I read other reviews of this trail regarding mosquitos. True. I would advise bringing mosquito repent (if summertime). They are not over-whelming, but there are a few annoying ones along the trail. I tried out the trail "PRO" version for the first time and glad I used the GPS tracker on the trail map - there are many intersections, thus the tracker was extremely helpful so that I always knew exactly where I was on the map. Bottom line: nice little hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Took my dog and son on this trail, we made our hike a little longer because we took the trail down to the beach, so it was a 2.4 mile trip for us. Beautiful and mostly shaded.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. You wouldn’t know it was close to so much development if you couldn’t hear the traffic. Nice to be by the creek. One person on trail had dog off leash but as soon as he saw me he put it on.

trail running
1 month ago

i love this trail cause i dont have to go far to get some miles in , but i wish the trees at the top werent so tall so i can see rainier..

good walking

on Ellis Cove Trail

1 month ago

I love to walk this trails

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