Yelm-Tenino Trail

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The 14-mile Yelm-Tenino Trail travels through the rural towns of Yelm, Rainier, and Tenino on a paved route through agricultural areas, forests, and wetlands. Commuters can access Olympia, Lacey, and other areas of Thurston County on a triad of linked trails. The 21.2-mile Chehalis Western Trail intersects the midpoint of the Yelm-Tenino Trail. The Chehalis Western then runs north, connecting with the Woodland Trail and reaching the perimeter of Woodard Bay. The Yelm-Tenino Trail climbs a gentle 320 feet from Tenino to Yelm.

Tenino was the destination of the Northern Pacific Railroad's 65-mile Pacific Division line between Kalama and Tenino as early as 1872. In 1874, a 40-mile line was built through Yelm to Commencement Bay in Tacoma; this line operated as a Burlington Northern line until the late 1980s. Tenino, known as the Stone City, built a sandstone depot, now the Tenino Depot Museum, in 1914 along the main line from Portland to Tacoma.

You can start your journey at Tenino City Park, adjacent to a campground. After running past a few homes, a ballpark, and restrooms, the route begins to parallel State Route 507. The forested path then crosses Military Road to rise above SR 507. The road is never far, but a swath of fir and maple trees provides a barrier. A historical kiosk precedes 1 mile of scenic forest trail beside McIntosh Lake, where herons come to watch trail users.

At 6.5 miles, you'll reach the intersection with the Chehalis Western Trail. The Rainier trailhead lies just 2 miles farther. The landscape widens as you pass through Wilkowski Park and cross under a trestle. The trail runs closer to the road for the next 5 miles as it approaches Yelm, eventually ending at the trailhead on Railroad Street SW.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Tenino trailhead from Interstate 5, take Exit 102, Trosper Road SW/toward Black Lake. Head east on Trosper Road SW. In 0.3 mile, turn right onto Capitol Boulevard SE, and go 1.9 miles. Continue on Old Highway 99 SE for 9.1 miles, and turn right at the T-intersection onto Sussex Avenue E/SR 507. Immediately turn left onto S. Ragless Street. In 0.1 mile, turn right onto Park Avenue E. Turn left at the entrance to the city park at 309 W. Park Avenue.

To reach the Yelm trailhead (behind City Hall on Railroad Street SW) from I-5, take Exit 111/SR 510. Follow SR 510 southeast for 12 miles (making a few turns to remain on SR 510). Turn right onto Railroad Street SW. Find the trail at the corner of Washington Street SW.

The Rainier trailhead is on Centre Street just off SR 507. From I-5, take Exit 109. Head west on Martin Way E, and immediately turn left onto College Street SE/Rainier Road SE. After 13.9 miles, veer right onto Minnesota Street N. In 0.3 mile, turn left onto Binghampton Street, and then make an immediate left onto Centre Street N. Trailhead parking is on the left.


Wonderful trail

   July, 2016 by mom5fay_tl

We rode this trail today on a cloudy day and it was beautiful and remarkably well maintained! Started in Tenino and the trail was excellent all the way to Rainier. A little rougher between Rainier and Yelm due to roots under the trail but it is all well more

Great Trail for Bike Training

   May, 2016 by wyattrj

If you are looking for a trail to ride to prepare for Seattle to Portland bike ride, I would highly recommend this trail along with the Chehalis West trail. Start in Tenino and ride to Yelm then back towards Tenino where you can catch the Chehalis West more

Clean run n fun

   October, 2015 by eman1966

If you truly want a wonderful bike trail that takes you straight from point A to point B and includes an entry to the Chehalis Trail then this is the one for you. Dont forget to take a stop at the Sandstone Cafe in Tenino!!! read more