The Chehalis Western Trail is a paved multi-use path that follows the route of the former Weyerhaeuser Timber Co. railroad, just east of Olympia. It’s a great opportunity for a longer off-road run. From the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) on Puget Sound, the trail passes through forests, farms, and pastures, as well as the suburban community of Lacey, as it heads south into the hills overlooking the scenic Deschutes River valley. It’s a gradual uphill headed north to south.
The trailhead closest to Olympia is Chambers Lake at 14th Avenue SE. or at 12th Ave.
Add-Ons: The Chehalis Western Trail intersects with the Woodland (Lacey) trail just south of I-5/Pacific Ave. At the southern end of the Chehalis Western Trail, is the Yelm-Tenino Trail, another rails-to-trails multi-use path.