- Editor’s note: This is great publicity for Seattle Magazine readers and potential Yelm visitors.
“Spring’s Best First Bike Ride: The Yelm-Tenino Trail Near Olympia”
“It’s the right ride for all ages and abilities”
“Spring is here and it’s time to get that bike out of the garage and back on the road. Better yet, get it onto a bike trail, where you don’t have to worry about traffic and can just ride and enjoy the view. While the Burke-Gilman is the local go-to, why not go a little farther afield and explore a new place? We’ve got the trail for you: the Yelm-Tenino Trail, 14 miles of flat, paved biking goodness. It’s the perfect first ride of the season for all levels or riding and all ages, with some nice views and some cool places of interest along the way.
“Start your adventure in Yelm, located just outside Olympia. This works as a great day trip from Seattle, but an even better overnight. We recently headed down on a Friday night, and checked into the charming Prairie Hotel. With that as home base, we strolled over to the neighboring Uptown Lounge for dinner and drinks, and caught a movie at the connected Yelm Cinemas. (It’s one of those places with the giant recliner chairs, for maximum movie watching comfort).
“We woke up Saturday morning and headed out to the trailhead, located directly behind the Yelm Skate Park and Yelm City Hall, a short ride from the hotel. The trail is an old railroad grade trail, so you know elevation changes will be minimal, and there won’t be any sudden turns. The trail, which runs roughly parallel to State Route 507, unwinds past farms, wetlands, a golf course and parks. About five miles from the start, we stopped at the small town of Rainier. Just one block off the trail is the Main Street Cookie Company, which is worth a stop for some homemade sweets,” by Hilary Meyerson, Seattle Magazine.