Watershed Park Trail

MODERATE 122 reviews
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Watershed Park Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Olympia, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
173 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

http://olympiawa.gov/city-services/parks/parks-and-trails/watershed-park

16 days ago

I love this trail! Improvements have been made to widen sections of the trail and spread gravel on the trail. I make it a point to run this whenever I am in town. It is a gem!

18 days ago

Peaceful walk.

24 days ago

Nice scenery with several inclines for someone that wants more than a flat walk.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful walk! Highly recommended when the sun is shinning.

2 months ago

This trail is great for beginners. We brought our puppy here on her first hike.

3 months ago

great hike with quite a few inclines.

3 months ago

Can't go wrong, rain or shine at the Watershed! It's incredible to be a block from downtown Olympia but feel like you're miles from it all. I've grown up walking this trail and though I have traveled all over, I always come back and enjoy this one. It really has everything I need to feel in tune with nature in about 45 minutes to an hour; interspersed streams as you loop, wooden boardwalks and bridges, hills, valleys, and an overload of lush greenery!

walking
5 months ago

nice trail for dog walking

6 months ago

Awesome trail!!! I ran it and it was a bit of a challenge. The inclines were surprising for a first timer!!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! I can walk to the trailhead in 10 minutes, I feel so lucky to live near this tranquil, lush forest, and the beautiful creek.

walking
6 months ago

My husband and I walked this trail in the pouring rain. It was quite romantic actually. A bit short for us so we turned around and walked the other way around the loop. Loved it. ❤️

7 months ago

Great trail, it's got some ups and downs. Nice little easy workout for after work or early in the weekend. Make sure you wear good shoes because the terrain is a little rough at points. My dogs love this trail.

7 months ago

First time hiking this trail. Pretty awesome, perfect distance you can do over and over again, right amount of sweating

7 months ago

Considered an easy trail, hubby and I went for an evening walk.


Lots of beautiful big and green trees!

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful and pretty easy. 6 lb dog made it the whole way

walking
8 months ago

Great little walk/hike in the middle of town. Both my kids (5 and 9 yrs) loved it. Lots of little bridges and streams. We saw squirrels, woodpeckers, and slugs. If you go in on the Henderson Blvd. entrance going clockwise (left path) on the loop is easier than counter-clockwise (right path), but neither direction is difficult.

9 months ago

well maintained. muddy in places

9 months ago

great trail with beautiful flora and owls flying right over head. only one significant elevation gain. going to come back weekly!

9 months ago

nice that it is so close

hiking
11 months ago

I loved this place, lots of beauty everywhere.

11 months ago

Great hike. Fairly flat once you get down to the loop. Multiple bridges to cross. Will be back.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

This trail would be a beginner trail if you take go left on the loop entrance from the park spot referenced on the map above. The most rapid decline is there. Alternatively, if you go to the right, you'll hit this as a great incline on the way out.

Additionally, if you choose to take all the legs of the trail, you'll add 2+ miles (someone below said it can total 4.1 miles), and a lot of great inclines too! This is an awesome MODERATE trail that you can choose to make easier/ harder and longer/ shorter. The choice and variables are why I give this 5 stars. Its crazy beautiful too!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Enjoyable. Great for a beginner

Monday, March 27, 2017

Good inclines. Can get muddy (depending on weather).

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Went hiking here today. The cabbage skunk is just blooming but not smelling yet.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Nice little trail

walking
Monday, December 19, 2016

Beautiful, easy, short trail. Good for a quick nature walk. Lots of magnificent trees to look at.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

easy short trail right near downtown Olympia. like to hike this one early in the morning. if you wait too long it will be too busy and crowded. Lots of little children as well so be aware if you are a dog walker. no bikers on this one since it is too short.

walking
Monday, October 10, 2016

small trail not much room to walk your dog and I wasn't really impressed

walking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

I liked this trail. I just wanted to remind people if you are taking your dog on this trail to have them on a leash. Saturday I had an incident where the owner of a very BIG dog didn't have his dog on a leash and it roughed up my dog that was on a leash. The owner was pretty far back on the trail so I had to fend off this huge dog by myself while being 8 months pregnant. If it would've been the other way around and my dog that was on a leash would've attacked his dog while roaming free who would've been at fault?! The leash law is there to keep EVERYONE safe. I wanted to thank the couple I had passed earlier on the trail that came running back to help after hearing my screams.

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