The halls may be decked, but for us the end of one year means it’s time to schedule a new year of adventures. If active vacations are on the agenda for 2019, we have the solution. The Olympia region has long been loved among cyclists for both its accessibility and natural beauty. A self-guided cycling tour along the locally-loved Yelm-Tenino Trail just launched, sharing all of our insider secrets. We pounded the pavement to curate the best experiences along the trail, ranging from recreation and family fun to top spots for sipping, exploring and dining.
The scenic Yelm-Tenino trail stretches 14 miles through the rural communities of Yelm, Rainier and Tenino along the former Burlington Northern railroad line. It’s easy to navigate and offers unique stops for kids. From swimming in an old stone quarry, to tasting fresh baked cookies or catching a movie in a recliner at the cinemas. An elevation gain of just 320 feet makes for an easy beginner ride, while the views of farmland, wetlands, wildlife and Mount Rainier make the ride enjoyable for all.
Cyclists can bring a bike or borrow one for free, courtesy of the Tenino Yellow Bicycle Project. To enjoy the trail, here are some suggested routes:
- Explore the Family Fun route for a kid-approved adventure that includes spots like the Tenino Depot Museum, Main Street Cookie Company, Cochrane Memorial park , the Yelm Bike Park and the sandy beaches of McIntosh Lake.
- Grab a plus one for the Grown-up Getaway to sip and savor along the trail at spots like Scatter Creek Winery & Brewery, Uptown Lounge, or the Yelm and Tenino Farmers Markets.
The launch of the Yelm-Tenino trail guide is the first installment of a long-term initiative. Stay tuned for more, Biking Beyond, which will ultimately highlight three self-guided biking routes for all experience levels.
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