Capitol Lake Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews
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Capitol Lake Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

1.5 miles
6 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



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Capitol forest C-line has many trails including loop trails, and out & back trails located near Olympia, Washington that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, ATV, horse, mountain biking & trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8 days ago

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

12 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.

13 days ago

It’s a great stroll around the lake.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

Great little walk. Really enjoyed it.

6 months ago

Nice walk, safe, and a great view of the capital building. The lake is a bit swampy, but not too bad.

7 months ago

I like this walk, but it could use more shade. This walk can also be extended by walking along the sidewalk towards the Tumwater Falls.

8 months ago

-Stroller friendly.
-Clean bathrooms with water fountains.
-Lots of parking.
-Close to downtown stores and restaurants.
-Lots of ducks and the occasional otter or great blue heron.

9 months ago

Running/Walking path around the lake.

9 months ago

lots of people, lots of dogs...everyone and thing very friendly. plenty of room to move around ,easy walking very relaxing

9 months ago

Easy loop to get some miles in.

10 months ago

Beautiful and relatively easy

10 months ago

very easy, nice stroll for a lazy afternoon with the dog.

10 months ago

Great place to take the dog. Beautiful view on a sunny day. I only rated it 4 stars for the description on the app. I would not rate it moeerare. Definitely easy. It's a very level walking and biking path.

10 months ago

Love this trail for running purposes. 2 laps is 3 miles. Beauty around every corner.

11 months ago

Easy. Great place to meet friends to walk.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

not sure how this is rated moderate

Monday, February 20, 2017

Really great running trail.
Nothing too crazy for kids or small dogs.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

its a beautiful walk. beware lately people have not kept dogs on leashes and when you ask them to they get kind of rude.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

it's right downtown so if you're looking for a simple close to town walk this is good!

Friday, July 15, 2016

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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Nice walk for a beautiful day. Can have lots of foot traffic.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Nice casual walk around Capital Lake, but it is definitely not a hike.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

this is not a trail or hike. it is simply a walk around, mainly,the lake.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

My favorite nature place. Always a beautiful drive and walk.

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