Ellis Cove Trail

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Ellis Cove Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles
124 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


old growth

1 month ago

great trail with plenty of elevation changes!

3 months ago

I would rate this as a moderate trail. Very steep areas and lots of stairs. Not a lot of steady level ground. But pretty and quiet.

3 months ago

Easy hike to get to and my 4 yr old walked most of the route too! Lots to see

3 months ago

Good views of Puget Sound from 200’ up or so... there are easy trails that go down to the beach... also there is a lovely creek that flows into the saltwater that entertained our daughter, and I fished a little with no luck tho. Fun hike for family.

4 months ago

Beautiful views - we went on a drizzly day, so not many people were out. The park is well trafficked, but totally worth visiting! A great place to take your dogs, just be careful of narrow sections of trail and the occasional dog off leash (in case you have an alpha pup with you).

6 months ago

beautiful trail. even saw some salmon swimming in the cove!

6 months ago

An easy, pretty hike. There are 2 sides to this park. The Priest Point side takes the hike through woods of western red cedars, hemlocks, big leaf maps and sword ferns. Cross the bridge over the street and follow the signs to the beach and you are on the Puget sounds with views of the marina and capital. I did not hike the trail on the water side (Ellis Creek), that will be another day. A very nice hike indeed!

8 months ago

Nice and short beautiful walk. In the evening my husband and I decided to go for a "walk" this was our pick.

The trail is easily noticed, later on during the evening the shore began to rise. We had to climb over a tree to get back on trail because of the water rise.

As the directions at the beginning of the trail mentions (water will rise above shore.)

8 months ago

Good short and easy trail with family

8 months ago

toddler friendly. dogs were on leashes. well maintained. nice and shady. I really enjoyed it

9 months ago

-Lots of parking
-family/dog friendly
-great water views
-close to town for a bite before or after

10 months ago

great definitely go again

11 months ago

Nicely maintained trail. Lots of steps!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

love it!!

trail running
Friday, November 11, 2016

Definitely wouldn't call this "easy", maybe it's because I'm a Midwesterner, but running up and down the wet, wooden, uneven stairs on the switchbacks of the inlet can feel a bit more moderate. That being said, absolutely lovely views and interesting paths. Don't bring grandma on the route that involves switchbacks, but do bring kids - it'll tire the heck out of them if they're obedient enough to not fall down the sides of the trail.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Short and fun! Beautiful views and lots of greenery! will definitely go again! perfect for dogs and children!

Monday, July 25, 2016

This is a nice hike, pet friendly. The view is nice and it wasn't very crowded when I went.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great trail for kids and dogs.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Nice walk for kids and dogs. Pretty garden area. Trails on both sides of the park. Playground for kids. Picnic areas with covered kitchen areas, built in BBQ pits, and picnic tables. Fairly easy access to the beach, however, the beach isn't sandy, it's rocks and mud. Also, the water in that area of the Puget Sound is considered to be very polluted and it is recommended that you wash/bath after exposure to the beach and water.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

It was a good walk. but part of the trail was closed. Will try it out again

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Weather was perfect. Some slippery spots but that's tbe. Would recommend this trail to beginners and experienced hikers, it's too beautiful to pass up!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Easy loop but sadly Ellis Cove had washed out so most of the trail was closed on our visit. Would be a good place for kids.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

So muddy and the trail was way too tiny for the digs and wagon. I'd say great for older kids but not so much the little ones!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

love this place! never gets old just roaming and exploring both on and off trails

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

great for strollers there is an amazing cave under a tree looking onto the sound. easy for all enjoy

Monday, April 11, 2016

loved the trails and the beaches. only thing I didn't like was how trails were marked closed or blocked off but there was no warning on the maps or anything.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Beautiful scenary

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Beautiful, moderate traffic.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

easy hike. Very pretty. :)

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Good, casual walking/hiking or running (when it's not too wet out) trail.

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