Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Fun, interesting outing with my two boys. Nice family outing!

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.

A nice escape from the city, but not stroller friendly and I did manage to get off track several times. There are multiple trails within the loop and easy to get lost. I had to travel uphill a few times as well. I would like to try it again sometime with a carrier for my little one.

6 days ago

Very nice for a city hike.

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.

Not too bad of a birding trail. A LOT of Towhees! Not much of a trail for sight-seeing or even strenuous.

12 days ago

good hike, I wouldn't recommend it for children. lots of stairs! it's not a hard hike, but there are ALOT of stairs! beautiful veiws of the capital building from the beach.

Beautiful walk along the rushing water. the whole area is kept very nice. I liked that you can walk on either side of the river and then they meet on a bridge at the end. Short 10 minute walk each way. Very well worth it!!

Nice and easy hike! We got there by 10am and by the time we left it was starting to get busy.

Great hike with good amount of up and downhill!

So peaceful and green. Takes you out to the water which is very pretty!

Beautiful little trail in the city.

trail running
17 days ago

I like this trail for its proximity to town. Great for walking and appreciating your surroundings, or a quick run. Discover Pass required.

nature trips
17 days ago

This prefer this area for nature viewing or a leisurely picnic. The Pond Trails are lovely and short. The Connector and Forest Trails are a nice short run with some elevation variance, but not as pretty, and cross the road (twice). Discover Pass required.

trail running
20 days 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.

20 days ago

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

One of the best for miles!

since its nearby its a regular spot to get out. easy for my wife to walk having a knee replacement. wife and grandaughters would like to see a porta potty at the mudflats board walk, its a long eay back to the barns or trail head.

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.

nice flat, has an ADA loop that os easy on my wife since she had knee replacement. The other two loops are easy and was a great work out for ankles after a major surgery.

The booming of the guns at the sportsman center after a bit is easily tuned out and we were entertained by model aircraft flying nearby.

Lots of early spring blooms for wild flowers as well as a number of scatt markings from several animals.

A fun hour get away.

22 days ago

absolutely great walk, easy trail, beautiful day.

23 days ago

Great trail....can't wait to go again when the flowers are blooming!

28 days ago

Was a nice, moderate hike with a lot of elevation change. It was a nice day so the trail was really busy. Also has a cool geocache in the area. The shore has a lot of shade to hangout under. Careful not to get stuck in the mud when the tide is out.

Nice stroll. Wildflowers are just starting to come out. Still sparse but lots of songbirds, woodpeckers & deer around as well. Will come back in a couple of weeks to see if more flowers are out.

29 days ago

Enjoyed this trail very much especially having some down time at the water. Many stairs and various elevations.

trail running
1 month 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

trail running
1 month ago

There is nothing challenging about this trail, but it is very interesting. I love running on it because the ground is very soft. I like coming here to see the sunset. It is rarely ever crowded when I go.

Love this place!

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