Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

My girlfriend and I loved this. We did it in conjunction with Mckenny Trail and had a great 9 mile hike. I would say moderate/easy difficulty as there are not many sustained climbs. We did run into a couple folks on horseback and several bikers. There is some horse manure but it was not enough to warrant any frustrations for us. If I could do this trail again it would be on a mountain bike. Would have been great to ride in my opinion.

walking
6 days ago

This was my backyard for several years and is s nice place to safely walk in town without having to concern yourself with traffic. Great views on clear days.

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 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.

Truth

walking
1 month 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.

Great to get up in Capital Forest

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

walking
1 month ago

I would not rate this moderate. Super easy. It's a great stroll in downtown Olympia.

A good walk along the water and a great view of the capitol. I went during the day and It wasn't too crowded. Many dogs of all variety and adults and children alike. Want to go back to see the sun set over the water.

This is not only a logging area, but the trails are also primarily used by dirt bikes/ATV’s, so unless you want to potentially run into one around a blind corner, I can’t recommend this trail for hiking. Also, an extremely rocky trail.

nice trail. well kept up. not hard at all but it did have enough elevation gain to remind me just how out of shape I've become over winter.

Glad I went south to start, along the creek, and slowly gain altitude rather than heading off to the left and climb the mountain all at once.

only hiker then after 4:00 a small handful of cyclists appeared.

will be doing this one again.

trail running
2 months ago

I did this the other day as a trail run. 40 bird species. Great views and forests for sure. I did the three peaks on the western side - Capitol, Larch, and Rock Candy for a bit more fun. Quite a day.

walking
2 months ago

The best city hike for 50 miles. Lots of people of all ages enjoying the sights.

A nice flat trek around the lake. a lot of joggers and dog walkers. A great place for some cardio in the middle of town.

trail running
3 months ago

I ran on this trail just to say that I've been there. It was very crowded and I probably won't come back, but it is a nice little loop to walk around and enjoy the lake and the view of the capital building.

I love coming here when there is snow. It is easy to get lost around here, so he familiar with your surroundings or have a map

Perfect place to get in a quick easy walk!

This loop trail is just north of the Tumwater Falls trail. It is flat, but very scenic with ducks and other water fowl. On the east side are an old power plant and the state capitol building. There are bathrooms at the main parking lot and at the half way point. The marina is on the north side, with numerous bars and restaurants nearby. The north side has a large grassy area with picnic tables. There are numerous benches around Marathon Lake.

walking
3 months ago

This is a very nice and easy walk around the lake. The description is miss leading, this is not horse or atv friendly and a fair chunk of it is on sidewalk. My son and I enjoy walking around the lake along with the capital and the neighborhood's. There are great views of Olympia along with great old architecture.

Nice and easy stroll around the lake with good views of the Capitol and pretty close to downtown Olympia

walking
4 months ago

Definitely a nice walk with view of the capitol and the lake. Not far from downtown Olympia if anyone wants to grab a bite to eat afterwards.

walking
4 months ago

It’s a great stroll around the lake.

Can you take four wheelers on this trail?

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

walking
8 months ago

Great city walk that provides beautiful views of the capitol building.

Great little walk. Really enjoyed it.

Trail was cool until we encountered a swarm of bees. Happened about 1 mile in not too far after turning left onto McKenny trail. Everyone in our group was stung multiple times. Luckily no allergies. Not sure if it was a nest or what, took off quick back toward the car. Bee careful!

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