Trails in Thurston County

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Our parks are open daily from 9:00 AM until dusk.

The parking lot for the
Off Leash Dog Park is open daily from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

The Yelm-Tenino trail will be utilized this Saturday, July 13th, by the STP bicycle race participants. TCPW Parks staff recommend that you do not plan to use the trail that day. If you do, please be aware that there will be about 8000 riders sharing the trail with you.

Yelm-Tenino Trail

The Yelm-Tenino trail corridor was acquired by Thurston County 1993. Historically it operated as a railroad from about 1869 through the late 1980's. This 14.5 mile line runs east-west through the southern portion of Thurston County and connects the communities of Yelm, Rainier, and Tenino.

The trail traverses forest and agricultural lands, wetlands, creeks, and other habitat, and runs parallel to State Route 507. The trail begins near Yelm City Hall, passes near Wilkowski Park in Rainier, and ends at Tenino City Park, featuring views of the Deschutes River west of Rainier and of McIntosh Lake near Tenino.

The Yelm-Tenino Trail intersects with the 22-mile Chehalis Western Trail, linking the cities of Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia, and Woodard Bay on the Puget Sound.

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

The Yelm trailhead is located behind the City Hall and features parking, picnic tables, restrooms, and an information kiosk.

The Rainier trailhead is located between Centre and Minnesota Streets behind Rainier Market, with restrooms available.

The Tenino trailhead is at the Tenino City Park on Washington Avenue, with access to restrooms.

Click here to see a larger version of the map (1.5MB)

Mileage markers are placed every 1/2 mile starting in Yelm and running East-West.  

Estimated mileage - 14.5 miles.

Yelm to Rainier 5.5 miles
Rainier to Chehalis Western Junction  2 miles
Junction to Tenino 7.0 miles