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Yelm-Tenino Trail

Olympic Peninsula > Olympia
46.9420, -122.6085 Map & Directions
27.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1,084 feet
Highest Point
456 feet
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The Yelm-Tenino Trail was once a railroad corridor that now takes hikers through a variety of landscapes. Photo by Geroge III. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

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Linking the cities of Yelm and Tenino, this paved trail offers a delightful jaunt through a greenspace just east of Olympia. Continue reading

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Hiking Yelm-Tenino Trail

The Yelm-Tenino take hikers through many types of landscapes: forests, creeks, wetlands, and agricultural land as well. Beginning near the City Hall in Yelm, it traverses through the small town of Rainier, and terminates in Tenino City Park.

Originallt a railroad route, the Yelm-Tenino trail corridor was acquired by Thurston County in 1993. It also intersects the 22-mile Chehalis Western Trail, which links the cities of Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia, and Woodard Bay on Puget Sound.

Permitted uses of the trail are pedestrians, bicycles, and other forms of non-motorized use.

Yelm-Tenino Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.9420, -122.6085 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

The Yelm trailhead is behind City Hall. There is a designated parking area, picnic tables, restrooms and an information kiosk.

The Rainier trailhead is between Centre and Minnesota Streets behind Rainier Market. Restrooms are available here.

The Tenino trailhead is at Tenino City Park on Washington Avenue, where there is access to restrooms.

take transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedule for Intercity Transit route number 94.

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Olympic Peninsula > Olympia

Thurston County Parks

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