Explore the most popular views 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.

Trail was well maintained and despite the constant freeway noise was actually a really peaceful walk with plenty of birds, wildlife and mushrooms. Still plenty of fall colors to see! Take the 1 mile loop around the school, or turn it into a 3.5 mile easy walk by crossing the street to finish the trail as an out and back.

One of my favorite places to go for great bird watching year-round.

Nice easy trail - need good crosswalk to connect to Ralph Muro trail

It’s a very nice paved trail. Yes you get road noise from the highway but it didn’t phase us. It can be a loop if you don’t do the full trail and just turn left when you get to the road which was just enough of a walk for my 2 year old. We love that the kids from the elementary school get to plant bulbs and plants on the trail every year too. We’ll definitely be back.

Great short hike with the dogs. gorgeous old growth and vegetat.

Absolutely beautiful!

was a nice hike not many people good flat path for all ages!!

Part of the trail was closed. But I will delve going back. My 7 & 6 year old boys loved it. They were amazed by a wood pecker and they didn’t want to leave. Great if you want to look for animals. Bring your binoculars

hiking
1 month ago

I came here yesterday with my 8 year old daughter and 11 year old son and we loved it. We actually just began our hiking every weekend family tradition about 3 weeks ago and this is by far my favorite. The start of the trail itself was a little hard to find seeing as you can come into the trail from different points but where all trails shows the starting is located was confusing. Once we parked at the park parking lot and walked on the Main Street we saw the Ellis Cove sign.
The trail itself had about 5 brides and steep stairways so make sure you watch your step! But the views of the lake and the city of Olymipia is beautiful. And they had a few hidden bear sculptures that my kids loved trying to find. I would definitely recommend this trail for anyone.

No bugs - a little soft / muddy in places

walking
1 month ago

Very busy walk right in downtown Olympia. It’s good for going on a walk if you don’t want to or don’t have time to get into the woods. It’s a nice and clean trial, with views on Mt. Rainer and the capital building.

Easy walk if you just want to stop for a quick stroll at the end of your day. Beautiful falls and rushing river views for the entire walk, you almost forget you’re in the middle of town.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a beautiful hike, however you have to step aside many times for the people on horseback (who sometimes are riding quickly but thankfully you can hear them coming) also accompanied with the beautiful scenery you will hear constant gunshots from the nearby shooting range. Overall it was a beautifully forested hike, the waterfall would be difficult to see for some because you do have to climbing through trees down a steep slope to get to it.

Stroller friendly for the little ones and provides many opportunities to see wildlife. I come here often and we see many different birds, turtles, salamanders and we try to see the beaver but have no such luck. My family loves this trail because it’s easy and a perfect way to unwind in nature.

hiking
1 month ago

This is easily my favorite hike in the Olympia area. It’s short and slightly challenging but easy enough for my kids age 7 and 3 to do it with me. It’s beautiful, heavily forested with a creek, bridges and it leads you out to the rocky bay. I have hiked here in the spring time when little buds are forming on the trees, in the hot summer the trees provide some cool shade and in the fall with the contrasting color of the changing trees with the evergreens.

Beautiful and easy walk.

walking
1 month ago

This was not the best hike I’ve ever been on, actually it’s one of the worst in the PNW. Regardless, there was some scenic and beautiful areas for photos. The waterfall was not worth the hike in though, when we went it was pretty much dried up and a trickle not waterfall! That’s what summer heat will do to it, I guess. There are a lot of signs to guide you. We had a hard time finding the actual location and parking area, using our GPS. We like the fact that you can choose how far you want to hike by the different entrances. We did the medium length hike, almost 7 miles with our 8 year old.

Easy little walk with my baby in her carrier. There were definitely a lot of people there but it was nice scenery.

walking
1 month ago

Really nice walk with the dog today. We enjoyed the sound of the rain in the trees and watching the mists weaving through. A few walkers only.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike in the woods.

hiking
2 months ago

What a gorgeous trail tucked away in Olympia! It was lush and rich. The bridges and staircases were visually appealing and we were able to pop down onto the beach for a stroll there before finishing the loop. We loved the carved bears hiding here and there and also the wonderful views of the Capitol building across the water.

hiking
2 months ago

It's a nice little walk in the woods. Although the route says it is 3.1 miles, I took a bit of a longer route and it was well under that. When I look at the milage, I am estimating the time it will take to get me back for dinner.

Really nice paved trail to an awesome photo spot. Took the Salamander trail back which was packed dirt and beautiful as well. Runs right back to the parking lot. Noway to get lost.

walking
2 months ago

Nice park and trails to chill at.

walking
2 months ago

Part of the Olympia experience. Always a nice walk.

I really enjoyed doing this trail definitely empty your bladders before heading out and there is a portable potty out the as well as facilities to use the restroom. so much beauty surrounding you

walking
2 months ago

A perfect day for my little one to experience his first little nature hike.

Good nature walk for children

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