Explore the most popular forest 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.

Beautiful day on the trail and had it all to ourselves.

Great hike, wonderful for all ages.

7 days ago

I live very close to this trail so it is one I do often. Very well shaded so ideal for summer and very few areas of incline. I have brought my kids and dog and they have no problem with any parts of the trail.

prefect trail to take little ones on. has a very peaceful setting for its location.

This is a short little hike but so worth it. The trail is well marked and maintained better than most. From the trail head you hike down 1/10 of a mile and then the loop begins and you are sucked out of the hustle and bustle of the city and surrounded by a peaceful rainforest with birds chirping and the trickle of water. Such a relaxing get away, all be it for 30 minutes or so. Came across several other hikers and a few with dogs. If there is one thing to be aware of it would be the trail head parking. There only seems to be enough for about 10 vehicles, with that said there was parking available when I arrived and as I left.

13 days ago

Absolutely beautiful run along an amazing park. The waterfalls are terrific! Very short so you may want to walk it twice…but definitely peaceful walk.

13 days ago

it's an easy hike with lots of great nature to explore: ponds with turtles, frogs, ducks, salamanders. Lots of birds. many amazing wild berries. garter snakes on sunny days.

the trail has a section through a sunny meadow, and a quieter, shadowy forested area with a winding trail

Nice short walk in a proper wood with great views of the Puget Sound and plenty of history and nature. Fairly busy on a Friday, and lots of mosquitoes in the forest loop. Great birdsong everywhere!

16 days ago

Horse manure everywhere!!!! Awful smell and bugs from the piles of manure ruined the hike for us. Gunshots were unsettling, loud, even in the early am. Not for anyone with gunshot PTSD.

Interesting trail with ups, downs and tree roots to watch out for. Recommend a walking stick for the steeper areas and bring your bug spray. It's a little slice of forest heaven in the middle of the city

Awesome variety of vegetation, clean, very shady. only a few hills and many photo opportunities. Dogs love this trail.

18 days ago

Beautiful views and easy to walk trail.

its hot n to many horses n poo

nice trail, but I dislike hiking with atvs

This was a great trail. Very well maintained. The only downfall is the amount of horse poo and the trail is to narrow to both horse riders, Hikers and bikes to be on at the same time. But besides that I’d do it again.

Great hike. Walked main trail to water. Informational placards with history abound. Picnic area would be great for group gathering. Walked side trail back to parking area. Meanders like crazy but beautiful scenery. Birds chirping, squirrels gathering nesting materials. Just great hiking.

Great hike we did about 6.6 miles there and back no loop.

Camping: sunset campground if you want to get punked by A bigfoot and spooked at 10:30 at night. Go on Fathers day weekend.


Perfect little hike on Father’s Day. Trail was as advertised. Wish there was a little more to look at but still had a great time with family.

27 days ago

This is a flat easy jog around the lake in downtown Olympia. There are great views of the Capitol building and my dog loves to come along.

beautiful walk with dogs

28 days ago

Love these woods! Great area for family walks, and not a far drive being ‘in-town’... I would recommend a ‘trail’ or ‘offroad’ stroller if you have little ones.

Great trail to hike with my 9 year old granddaughter.

I love this trail! Just sa a beautiful red crested woodpecker on it this morning

Great trail, fairly easy, kid friendly - but not for 3 year olds.

Great urban park in the woods.

Great to get up in Capital Forest

Short and sweet. Great through path for walking the pupper!

Nice hike for kiddos

This is not a "moderate" walk; it is a very easy, flat nice walk around the lake.

We loved this trail! Hiked 2.6 miles with 3 kids ages 3,6,8 & they did great. Nice picnic areas and view points.

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