Capitol Lake Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 19 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

walking
2 days ago

Most of it is walking next to a road. Not peaceful at all.

hiking
2 days ago

It’s ok

Great weather great walk ! Relaxing ! Walked on 5/27

hiking
10 days ago

A nice break from downtown, the path around the lake is easily accessible. This path is good for walking with kiddos. Will definitely be busy on a nice day. It’s not as bad as some reviews state, I’ve never come across anything or anyone dangerous. This path is good for a routine walk in town, I try to get out here frequently.

hiking
18 days ago

Great run/walk route for the family or dog. Shade opportunities throughout and benches to sit on. Doggie bags and trash cans throughout. Packed dirt/gravel or paved option throughout. Pretty busy on a sunny day but great for a picnic! Beautiful views of the capital.

hiking
1 month ago

Great run route/walk. Not a hike.

1 month ago

Not a hike, but as far as getting a decent run is concerned, it's good surface. You get bums everywhere. Runners, dog walkers, children, strollers; all types here. A beautiful place to get out of the house for a few minutes

hiking
4 months ago

A short flat walk on gravel around a once lovely but now contaminated lake sprinkled with tweakers, joggers, and normal folk trying to get a breath of fresh air. I would not recommend visiting after the sun goes down even though the Olympia city council in it’s accumulated wisdom has declared the area nuclear free. What a sad, hot mess.

hiking
7 months ago

If your off to see the wizard this yellow brick road is full of Hookers, thugs and tweakers oh my! But when you get tired just take a rest in any of the lovely 1980s trailers parked along the magical trail. Be careful though when night falls the witches monkeys come after you for more than your ruby red slippers.

hiking
7 months ago

half of the loop is beautiful and nice scenery, the other half is along the road and several homeless sleeping on benches

hiking
7 months ago

Haven't been here since before the pavement was put down. BE BACK BY SUNSET, TWEAKERS ARE TAKING OVER! Sadly, locals don't hardly even venture downtown and it's a bummer because this would be lovely to walk on a summer night. Definitely touristy, family friendly day outting, very busy on nice days and don't let the "full" parking lot fool you, spots tend to open up on a steady basis. Lots of locals on lunch break walks from the Capital and runners. Lots of street parking too.

hiking
8 months ago

Usually very busy, but good walk

hiking
9 months ago

I love this trail, it's a perfect walk when I just want something quick , it's level and easy,

walking
9 months ago

Pretty boring, paved trail all the way around the lake. Not bad for people in the city but don’t go out of your way to come here.

hiking
9 months ago

okay trail for my kids.

hiking
10 months ago

Always a local favorite with the Capitol building in the background. It’s just unfortunate the lake is so gross and unusable.

walking
bugs
Wed May 29 2019

I hate to give this only 2 stars, but it's gone downhill within the last few years. I usually run around this lake 4 or 5 times a week, bathrooms are usually clean, they are cleaned at least once a day, usually around 8am. If you follow the path right next to the lake it's about 1.5 miles, but if you go along the sidewalk and access road, it ends up being about 1.75 miles. If you take the switchback up to the Captiol and back down you end up with almost 2 miles. The view from the top of the switchback is great. Usually otters, eagles, ducks & geese to watch. My low star rating is due to the change in downtown Oly...trash, needles, graffiti, people sleeping on the sidewalks or in the bushes, screaming from homeless camps and just general "not safe" feeling if alone. The "trail" itself is great. well taken care of and maintained.

Sat May 18 2019

a decent walk not a whole lot to see

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

This is a family favorite.. beautiful lake and a great view of the capital building.. if you need a little challenge detour up the switchbacks on the capital building side. Or pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the large grassy area (picnic tables are available)

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

easy, beautiful walk with the dog! cherry blossoms blooming and lake was shimmering in the spring sun. so many friendly folks!

Mon Mar 04 2019

Easy loop with great views and friendly people!

hiking
Thu Jan 31 2019

I love this trail for an easy walk with my dog. Add the switchback for an extra challenge!

walking
Fri Dec 21 2018

I do this loop almost anytime I’m in Olympia. Quick, easy, and pretty.

walking
Sun Dec 02 2018

Always a beautiful walk

walking
Wed Oct 10 2018

Very busy walk right in downtown Olympia. It’s good for going on a walk if you don’t want to or don’t have time to get into the woods. It’s a nice and clean trial, with views on Mt. Rainer and the capital building.

walking
Mon Sep 10 2018

Part of the Olympia experience. Always a nice walk.

running
Mon Aug 13 2018

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.

walking
Sun Jul 15 2018

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.

walking
Mon Jun 18 2018

This is a flat easy jog around the lake in downtown Olympia. There are great views of the Capitol building and my dog loves to come along.

Sun May 27 2018

This is not a "moderate" walk; it is a very easy, flat nice walk around the lake.

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