Kyle C. on Capitol Lake Trail
not sure how this is rated moderate
If you're looking for a small, easy walk this is a great path. It follows the edge of Capital Lake in downtown Olympia. it is a mix of gravely and paved walkways. Dogs, kids, wheelchairs, bikes, joggers, and just about everyone can enjoy the walk. You will see lots of geese, ducks, herons, and once in a while you will a playful otter too. There is a steep switchback trail that leads from the lake up to the State Capital building if you are looking to increase your heart rate. The salmon spawn in early September and cross under 5th Ave from Budd Bay into Capital Lake on their way to Tumwater falls. It's a great time to catch a glimpse of seals that feast on the salmon, otter that eat fish out if the lake, and bald eagles hunting. The trail is partially closed during the 3rd weekend in July for the annual Lake Fair.