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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Great trail to hike with my 9 year old granddaughter.

Peaceful, saw duck family, lots of small birds but no eagles or herons today. we saw some seals and then on the way back a river otter. The frogs were calling out to my friend.

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.

10 days ago

More moderate than easy, but very beautiful! several switchback and steep stairs. Great overlooks and my favorite part someone put several wooden bears in and around the trees. Look for them, they are a Suprise.

Great to get up in Capital Forest

Nice easy trail for the kiddos. Close to home but still feel like your out in the wilderness. Fun trail.

on Mima Mounds Trail

16 days ago

Drove almost an hour to get there, it wasn't worth it. Very boring, and an extremely easy paved walk. Not to mention you can't bring pets, and the park is next to a shooting range. The entire time you walk you hear gunshots. I will not be back again. I don't recommend it for people wanting good views or a good workout. However, it would be a nice visit for families with children.

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.

21 days ago

Very boring. We drove 40 minutes to get here and it definitely wasn’t worth it. I don’t recommend it.

easy, nice hike to get away from the city in the city! love it

23 days ago

The variety of scenery is appreciated. Tall evergreens with leafy deciduous with many streams trickling to the bay. Shady undergrowth, wooden bridges and STEPS. Nice hour spent this sunny afternoon.

24 days ago

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

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.

I love this trail. It’s a nice climb to the loop lots of forest to see and not too long I’m wondering if any one has any info on the trail across the hi-way on the other side

1 month 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.

I love this place.

1 month 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 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.

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!

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