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.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
124 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

muddy

old growth

walking
16 days ago

More moderate than easy, but very beautiful! several switchback and steep stairs. Great overlooks and my favorite part someone put several wooden bears in and around the trees. Look for them, they are a Suprise.

21 days ago

Nice easy trail for the kiddos. Close to home but still feel like your out in the wilderness. Fun trail.

hiking
29 days ago

The variety of scenery is appreciated. Tall evergreens with leafy deciduous with many streams trickling to the bay. Shady undergrowth, wooden bridges and STEPS. Nice hour spent this sunny afternoon.

hiking
1 month ago

good hike, I wouldn't recommend it for children. lots of stairs! it's not a hard hike, but there are ALOT of stairs! beautiful veiws of the capital building from the beach.

1 month ago

So peaceful and green. Takes you out to the water which is very pretty!

hiking
2 months ago

Was a nice, moderate hike with a lot of elevation change. It was a nice day so the trail was really busy. Also has a cool geocache in the area. The shore has a lot of shade to hangout under. Careful not to get stuck in the mud when the tide is out.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed this trail very much especially having some down time at the water. Many stairs and various elevations.

3 months ago

great trail with plenty of elevation changes!

5 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.

5 months ago

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

5 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.

hiking
6 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).

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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!

10 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.)

10 months ago

Good short and easy trail with family

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

great definitely go again

birding
Sunday, April 23, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

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

hiking
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.

walking
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.

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

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