Ellis Cove Trail

Olympia, WA
Length: 2.50 mi.
Type: Lollipop

About This Trail

[Total: 3    Average: 2/5]

The Ellis Cove Trail is in the City of Olympia’s Priest Point Park. It is a great option for families who are looking for trails that are kid-friendly but have a little bit of elevation and breathtaking scenery. There are a few steep sections but they have stairs to make it easier for kids. The trail winds through a beautiful forest, full of native plants and fungi, and offers a good chance to see wildlife. Animals spotted here include, deer, herons, owls, otters, salmon, martens, squirrels, and more. As the trail winds through the forest, you will curve around Ellis Cove and then have the opportunity to access a pretty, rocky beach on Budd Inlet. It is a perfect spot for looking at rocks and shells, climbing on driftwood, and tidepool exploration. Keep and eye out for Great Blue Herons and other shore birds as you play on the beach. This beach also gives a panoramic view of the Olympia skyline across the bay from here, you can either retrace your steps or continue on the trail as it offers several branches that can offer a larger loop. Be sure to check out the posted map at the trail head to choose which of the many options will be the right length for your children.


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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 400 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Beach, Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Tree Climbing, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

There are several view points along the trail, access to beaches, and great spots to picnic. The trail is within Priest Point Park, which has picnic shelters and a playground.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The park has multiple parking areas. The one closest to the trail head is the first lot on the west side of East Bay Drive. The park’s address is 2600 East Bay Dr. NE Olympia WA 98506.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 3    Average: 2/5]

Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.


Trail Map

Getting There

From I5 north or south, get off the freeway at exit 105 toward the port of Olympia. Continue on Plum Street for about 1/2 a mile where Plum Street turns into East Bay Drive. Continue on East bay Drive for about 1.5 miles. Turn right into the Priest Point Park entrance and follow the road over the bridge that crosses East Bay Drive. Park in the lot on this side of the bridge and the trail head is a very short walk north on the sidewalk on East Bay Drive.