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Yauger Park

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia
47.0433, -122.9444 Map & Directions
Length
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
37 feet
Highest Point
159 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Various pullouts at Yauger Park allow visitors to have a rest on benches and enjoy the wildlife and scenery. Photo by Tiffany Chou. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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This loop around a green park is perfect for a quick nature walk right in the city. Continue reading

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Hiking Yauger Park

This loop around a green park is perfect for a quick nature walk right in the city.

Start at the wide paved path toward the playground. When you reach the playground, head right along the left of the playground, and continue onto the gravel path along the field. From here, the loop will likely get quieter until you reach the opposite side. If you continue forward instead of continuing around the playground, you’ll hit the restrooms.

The trail will alternate between dirt and gravel from here, with the field to your left. In about 0.1 miles, turn right and then immediately left to continue on the trail, moving slightly away from the field.

In a few hundred feet, you can take a left here to approach the stormwater wetland. This area could be flooded, in which case you’ll continue along the trail. If this area is not flooded, it’s a beautiful area to explore with a small network of trails around plant life, small ponds with ducks, and benches dotted throughout. Walk to the other end to continue the loop by turning left to head back toward where you started.

If the area is flooded, continue forward on the trail toward the road. Turn left on the sidewalk when you reach the road, where a dirt trail will appear along your left soon. Walk on the dirt trail, and within a few hundred feet, cross a small wooden bridge and turn left to stay on the trail. Here, you can also access the inlet again to the left.

In about 0.1 miles, turn right to stay on the trail. The field will be on your left again, and in 0.2 miles, either head outside the gate to walk along the sidewalk a little ways, or walk through the skatepark if it’s not too crowded. If you choose to walk on the sidewalk, you’ll shortly hit another gate back into the park onto a wide gravel trail.

Turn onto the wide gravel trail, which will eventually lead into a small forested area near the parking lot, about 0.2 miles away. The loop ends near the north end of the parking lot.

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead
  • Accessible toilet

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Wheelchair Accessibility

Two sides of the loop are paved or packed gravel. The rest of the loop is narrow dirt trail that's a bit lumpy in places.

Hike Description Written by
Tiffany Chou, WTA Correspondent

Yauger Park

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.0433, -122.9444 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

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, head south on I-5. Take exit 104 and continue on Highway 101 for 1.3 miles. Take the exit toward West Olympia. Turn right onto Black Lake Boulevard SW and shortly after, turn left onto Cooper Point Road. Continue for 0.4 miles and turn left onto Capital Mall Drive SW. In 0.3 miles, turn right onto Alta Street SW. In 0.2 miles, the paved parking lot will be on your right.

There is plenty of parking in the lot, as well as 3 accessible parking spaces.

Take Transit

From Olympia, take bus 48 toward Evergreen State College. The bus will drop you off on the opposite side of Yauger Park from the parking lot at the Capital Village stop. You can begin the loop here if you wish, near the skatepark mentioned in the loop description above.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

City of Olympia

Guidebooks & Maps

https://cms7files.revize.com/olympia/Document_center/Parks%20&%20Recreation/Parks%20&%20Trails/Yauger%20Park%208x11.pdf

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Yauger Park

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