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Frye Cove County Park

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia
47.1165, -122.9665 Map & Directions
Length
1.25 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
110 feet
Highest Point
110 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
The wide trail at Frye Cove County Park meanders through the open forest near the beach. Photo by Angie Regensburg. Full-size image

This small park near Olympia offers a nice meandering loop trail, as well as beaches and playgrounds for kids. Continue reading

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Coast

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Hiking Frye Cove County Park

Frye Cove County Park is in Thurston County on the west shore of Eld Inlet, north of Flapjack Point on Steamboat Island. The park was acquired in 1973 and named after George W. Frye who owned the property on the shore north of Flapjack Point.

The park offers restrooms, picnic tables, playground, and picnic shelters, 1400 feet of saltwater beach, and a view of Mount Rainier on a clear day. A nicely-maintained loop hiking trail can be found from the edge of the parking lot. The trail offers some branching trails, although the main loop is 1.25 miles itself.

Join the trail that can be found behind the small outbuilding near the parking lot. There is currently no sign directing you to the trailhead. You can take the trail in either direction, as you will end up back here after completing the loop.

The route has rolling hills along the loop: dropping down repeatedly to sea level near the water then heading back up through the forest. The trail is mostly forested with views of Frye Cove along the south and east portions of the trail. At low tide, mudflats are exposed at sea level and in winter months, the trail can get muddy near the water’s edge. At high tide, the bright green blue color of the cove glimmers through the trees. Watch for a variety of native birds near the water.

Several varieties of tall, towering trees can be found along this trail: Hemlock, Western redcedar, Douglas Fir, Alder, Big Leaf Maple. Lower shrubs fill in the landscape such as sword ferns, Oregon grape, holly and trillium in the spring.

The dirt trail is wide and provides views of the water and on a sunny day, a view of Mount Rainier can be seen. Small wooden signs give guidance for direction along the trail, although easy to miss. Parts of the trail has wooden stairs, rails and one flat wooden bridge. Benches can be found along the trail for resting or taking in the views. The trail crosses Giddings Road Northwest once on this loop and offers a cross walk.

Hike Description Written by
Angie Regensburg, WTA Correspondent

Frye Cove County Park

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.1165, -122.9665 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Olympia, take US-101 North and exit US-101 toward Shelton/Port Angeles. After 1.6 miles, take the exit toward Steamboat Island. Turn left onto Sexton Dr NW, and then right onto Steamboat Island Road Northwest and drive for .9 miles.

Turn right onto Gravelly Beach Road and at 2.3 miles, turn left onto Young Road NW. Turn right onto 61 st Ave NW and in .5 miles, turn right to stay on 61 st Ave NW. Turn right on Giddings Road NW and you have arrived at Frye Cove.

The parking lot is at the end of the road at the top of the hill. Parking is only permitted in lot, which is moderately sized. There are no amenities at the trailhead, but there are bathrooms, picnic tables, trash cans, playgrounds and shelters near the beach.

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Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

Thurston County Parks

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Frye Cove County Park

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