Woodard Bay Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily 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 September.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 177 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Note: Discover Pass required

hiking
muddy
over grown
7 days ago

Beautiful day, lovely views. I arrived shortly after 10 AM and the parking lot was full, lots of people. I could hear the seals, but couldn't see them. Lots of birds, but I didn't see any eagles or herons. If you decided to do the loop be sure to watch your step. Look out for slugs and mud. The loop is becoming overgrown in several places. I'm not a bushwacker, but I would recommend at least trekking poles to move brush out of the way. Bugs were not too bad this early in the day. Lots of shade and a cool breeze coming off the water. All and all a worthwhile trip.

hiking
14 days ago

Great paved trail. Limited parking. There is a restroom at top of hill in between both looking points. Beautiful getaway. Not much traffic in and out. Mainly kayaking around.

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

1 month ago

Nice and easy trail. Tide was out at the beach, so you can walk out to the old logging bridge and see some of the harbor seals. Blue heron and eagles were everywhere.

1 month ago

beautiful trail. perfect walk in the woods, saw tons of different flowers, plants and trees. Then walked down to the beach which had great views and was a fun place to explore for a couple hours. will be returning.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail No dogs allowed Kayaking here starts April 16th Loved this trail A bit of mud in the trail in the forest area.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

*Discover pass needed* *Wheelchair/ stroller accessible* *No dogs (wildlife conservation area)* *Outhouse/ bathroom at the lookout/ end* Great trail! The look is dirt & gravel with steps and wooden walkways. There is a paved trail/ road that goes from the parking lot direct to the lookout. There are two great photo areas at the end that overlook both sides of the small peninsula/ bay. The ending also has multiple picnic tables, which makes a great place to pack and enjoy a lunch or snack. The paved trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible , however some spots may not be ADA slope compliant... but if you have a buddy who is willing to help or push, the end is worth it; especially on a good weather day!

hiking
7 months ago

Great little trail with some interesting history. Lots of mushrooms today! Moderate to heavy traffic. Well maintained.

hiking
8 months ago

Love love this trail. So quiet and beautiful. You do need a discover pass to park in the lot. This will be a repeat trip for sure.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful bird watching. This trail is only *partially* stroller friendly, the paved path to the water is good for strollers, but the loop includes portions with staircases and very muddy areas where even a jog stroller could get stuck, during the wet season. At the end of the paved path are concrete statues of canoes where kids can enjoy playing.

I actually really enjoyed this trail. There are enough hills for a challenge, and a flat spots for enjoyable walk, and there is a restroom at the halfway point. Nice scenery and lots of wildlife. The only negatives were I hit stinging nettle on my left leg while on the main trail and there are a few areas that are not well groomed but other than that, great trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Wonderful gem. Not crowded, lots of wildlife. During our 1.75 mile walk (out to the point & back; we didn’t do the loop), we saw Harbor Seals, a bunny, a deer, a snake, an eagle and hundreds of cormorants. I will return when I have more time for the loop through old growth forest.

hiking
9 months ago

Great little hike for the little one and myself. We saw seals out in the distance. No bugs which is always nice.

Absolutely beautiful place to come first thing in the morning to observe wildlife. Was going to take the side trail until I saw a big snake and said no but oh well, one day!

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy and beautiful hike. Great for families with strollers if you stay on the main path and don’t do the extra loop. The views are beautiful and there is a spot to launch kayaks by the trailhead. If you love birds bring some binoculars because there is LOTS here.

hiking
10 months ago

Paved trail. Nice views of the bay. Not a whole lot of parking.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Easy trail with a lot of cool things to take in along the way. Pack a light snack or lunch and enjoy a peaceful view of the water and the sounds of birds singing.

hiking
11 months ago

I’d give this hike 3.5 stars. The trail was well maintained in some areas and in need of TLC in others. Light traffic today.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike, but if you're looking for something kid friendly, take the paved path out and back!

hiking
11 months ago

Has been one of my favorites for awhile. The upgrades are nice but they took out the bench under the tree which is where I would sit and just take it all in. Love the secluded areas and view points. There are harbor seals so bring binoculars! Great kayaking spots too. Family friendly and there are paved sections for all.

11 months ago

Simply beautiful!!!

Mon Jun 03 2019

loved this trail.

running
Fri May 24 2019

A great trail for running, the loop is mostly bare ground, with lots of roots, which will force you to do intervals, if you value your ankles. There are a few sections of wooden platforms that are good for sprinting across. The variety of the turns and roots make this a good trail to run on.

Tue Apr 16 2019

I love this trail! You not only get beautiful views of the water, but you also have a nice hike through the woods. One of Olympia's best trails!

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

the loop trail is a little boring, but exploring the bay at the end of the road was gorgeous! lots of roots across the trail so wouldn't be good for strollers or running.

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