“A purple lupine flower pokes out
from a yellow wildflower field.”
Photo credit: Colton Weaver
– “Thrifty Thurston Hikes Wildflower Trails”
“In Washington, our wildflower season lasts from March to August. While every trail in Thurston County is sure to be a delightful way to spend a day and enjoy the sunshine, these trails have been noted as exceptionally good hikes to see wildflowers.
“Yelm-Tenino Trail and Chehalis Western Trail”
“The Yelm-Tenino Trail, and Chehalis Western Trail, running perpendicular to each other, were both previously railroads, and now serve as nature trails that connect the communities in Thurston County. The 14.5 mile Yelm-Tenino Trail passes through Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Lacey, Olympia and Woodard Bay. The Chehalis Western Trail runs north-south through Thurston County, going through the middle of Lacey and then crossing the Yelm-Tenino Trail, encompassing an estimate of 49 miles of natural beauty. Both trails pass through a variety of different ecosystems such as wetlands, farmlands, forest and prairies, and serve as an important part of the history of the Thurston County area,” by Alia Brookshire, in Thurston Talk.