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Nice and easy stroll around the lake with good views of the Capitol and pretty close to downtown Olympia

road biking
3 days ago

Very short out to Puget on a bike. Not really good for a major cycling work out. Good trail for people who want an easy workout. Good running trail. Takes you out to Puget Sound. Has trails off of the pavement. You good take a mountain bike on the off shoot trails.

is very nice the falls and everything

beautiful Place to Walk en relax with a nice view

6 days ago

Definitely a nice walk with view of the capitol and the lake. Not far from downtown Olympia if anyone wants to grab a bite to eat afterwards.

8 days ago

It’s a great stroll around the lake.

1 month ago

Its a great trail if your looking for a workout... which I’m sure is the intention for the trail.
I’m not an experienced hiker but I scaled to the top. I was extremely winded though, I had to seriously push myself. There wasn’t too many viewpoints but it felt super cool looking down the hill and seeing how high you are. All in all I thought it was a cool hike. Heavily trafficked.

1 month ago

A quick short, steep work-out hike. No views at the top but on a clear day, you may be able to see the Rainier from some off trail points

nature trips
1 month ago

This is a beautiful place when the sun is out. You can see forever. HOWEVER, the trail back up from the beach is pretty steep. It's worth it though.

1 month ago

I am not sure why this wouldn’t get more 5 stars. It’s appropriately rated, easy to get to, trial is nice, and there are many many smaller trails to make it more challenging or longer. I went to both waterfalls, the first set is about .5 miles from the cul de sac, and cascade waterfalls are 1.0 in but another .5 uphill to get to. Very little mud, very few hikers (2pm on a Thursday till 5pm). I had a small dog and a baby strapped to my front and was comfortable the whole time.

good walk even in the winter

great if you stay on the main access only. I wouldn't try the other trails without GPS , some places you just go in big circles

great trail, as long as you stay on the main wide path, and turn around at the two mile marker or the end of the wide path. don't try to follow the trail on GPS.

2 months ago

Nice calm trail wiith a beautiful waterfall view

2 months ago

Perfect easy trail for a wet afternoon.

2 months ago

Great trail. Lots of different side trails to choose from. Far Country Falls was amazing to see

Fun hike, definitely go before it gets dark, though

2 months ago

Make sure to bring hiking poles for the goat trail. But definitely a good trail, right next to Enumclaw.

trail running
3 months ago

It was a nice trail to run.

Great for after work walks with your pup!

4 months ago

Great city walk that provides beautiful views of the capitol building.

Nicely paved flat trail in a valley which follows the Des Moines Creek to/from 200th and the Des Moines Park/Marina. While the trail is amidst neighborhoods... it feels very remote and is mostly serene. There is a short part of the trail which passes a waste water treatment facility... so there's a funky smell for less than 100 yards of the trail. We are generally out and about midday on weekdays, so we rarely see other people on trails. We had this one to ourselves most of the time, passed about 3 other people. There are adequate trash receptacles for doggy poo bags, so it's makes this a great option for people with furbabies!!!

Park at either the Des Moines Creek Park lot or at the lot just off 200th and 20th.

We prefer to park at the Park near the Marina... so we can walk the pier and let the dogs play on the beach at the end of the out and back trail.

Beautiful park with lots of windy trails inside the Loop. One thing we found that is if you go off the loop without a compass or good since of direction, you will get twisted around a lot. I was raised in the woods and found myself confused at times as the unmarked trails twisted and switchbacked throughout the interior of the park. This made it very baffling and left us feeling like we just needed to press on. It would be nice if the trails were marked at least for exits. But great for a Hide-n-seek game.

Beautiful, peaceful gardens.

Super easy and fun!

Great little walk. Really enjoyed it.

5 months ago

love this train for a quick afternoon hike!

Beautiful! I loved everything about this place.
The koi fish are very peaceful to watch and there is so much diversity between the plants here.

So very beautiful!

Short loop or out and back. Lightly used beach area. My great spot to take the dog for a swim. Nice picnic areas up by the parking lot.

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