Hidden Gem: Frye Cove

Frye Cove

Looking for a quick and easy hike that will surround you with nature? Check out Frye Cove on Steamboat Island Peninsula. Frye Cove is a Thurston County Park.

Frye Cove is a 67-acre park located along Eld inlet. It has over 2 miles of hiking trails plus restrooms and picnic areas. We walked through the park in about 45 minutes and would have done a second loop if we had more time. We will definitely be going back!

Apparently, it’s a popular spot for weddings and I can see why. It’s so beautiful–a perfect forest setting. Even “magical forest” doesn’t quite do it justice. Everywhere we go in Olympia, we feel like we are walking through the pages of The Hobbit.

Frye Cove

Rating: Easy. We saw people of all ages at the park.

Frye Cove Park is located at 4000 NW 61st Ave, Olympia WA 98502. The entrance to the park is easy to find. The park is open 9 am to dusk. Frye Cove allows dogs on leash. Please respect the leash laws and always pick up after your dog.


Today’s weather: It rained in the early morning. It stopped raining later in the morning, just in time for a long dog walk. The rain picked up again after the evening dog walk. Temps in the mid to upper 40s today.

Burfoot Park

The beach at Burfoot Park

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Burfoot ParkWe checked out Burfoot Park, a Thurston County Park. This 50-acre park includes saltwater beach frontage on the Budd Inlet near Boston Harbor. From the park, you can see the Washington State Capitol and the Olympic Mountains. The park is right off Boston Harbor Road and is clearly marked.

There’s a large green space with picnic tables and playground equipment. With a few parking areas, there is plenty of parking. The park includes three picnic shelters that can be reserved online. One of these is really in the woods–not your typical city park shelter. There are also bathrooms with sinks and flush toilets. Nothing fancy but an upgrade from port-a-potties and outhouses. We also saw several joggers running the perimeter of the green space.

Dogs are permitted but need to be licensed and on a leash. For everyone’s safety and comfort, please observe leash laws even if your dogs are friendly. Burfoot Park is open year-round, 9am-dusk.

There are several marked trails: we took the trail marked “Beach.” We could not find a trail map at the park, but I’ll update the post when I find one.

Location: 6927 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia WA 98506

Difficulty Rating: Beginner+
I am truly a novice hiker and parts of this trail down to the beach and back were challenging especially because it was wet and a bit muddy. I noticed a couple of hikers had poles and that seemed like a good idea. I recently started the 9-minute workout from the New York Times, so a couple of muscle groups complained. We saw small children to senior citizens during our visit. 

What to see: Definitely worth the trip down to the beach. Even with low visibility, we could see the Olympic Mountains.

How long does it take: We walked down to the beach and back at a leisurely pace in about 40 minutes, taking time to enjoy the beach.

We are trying to visit every city, county and national park in the Olympia area this year. It’s beautiful here! Get outside!


Weather report for Jan 2: 35°F and cloudy at 11 am. No rain!