Explore the most popular trails near Olympia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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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.

great hike with quite a few inclines.

Love this place! Easy to walk, pretty out there! Quiet also nice for photos!

Didn't care for this one much. Kinda depressing out that way. Also by the road so not much for quiet.

Can be busy, but always nice!!! Spring and summer brings some pretty flowers around the loop. I love the bridge :) Easy walk, slight inclines in areas that can prove to be difficult for some, just go slow. Fantastic for kids and animals :)

Love this place! Easy for kids to come along as well. Beautiful flowers and scenery in spring and summer! Neat history too!! What a fun place!

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

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!

on Sherman Creek Loop Trail

hiking
3 days ago

we took lost valley trail. lots of different trail systems. easy to find. easy to navigate. perfect bike/horse/hiking trails. only a slight uphill grade and great for kids of all ages. we did 8miles in 3hrs. not as challenging as we like but it was a nice walk in the woods with multiple water crossings. No place for discovery pass get one before you go out no cell service to buy it online. 1-12-18

This is actually called the lost valley trail

Very enjoyable walk. Easy for all levels.

Nice and easy trail but not very well marked. It’s not until about a mile in the hike where signs for the waddle loop show up. There is also a fair amount of mud and horse poop so bring boots!

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.

Great stroller adventure. it's always nice being outside with the baby and not strapping them to your back!

walking
1 month ago

This trail is longer than advertised. The river and lake at the end were great.

Although it was busy, it was still a very nice trail. I seen lots of wildlife.

basically a walk around a business park with some nice inlet views

hiking
1 month 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).

Lots of Maples leaves on the trail made it a beautiful and colorful walk. Saw two bald eagles.

walking
2 months ago

Such a pretty little area. Not hard to get to at all, and gives some pretty good photo opportunities. Been here a couple times and would still go again. ❤️

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