A new self-guided cycling tour in the Washington state capital region, along the locally-loved Yelm-Tenino Trail launches today. Available in digital and print format, the guide was created to assist visitors in finding experiences that range from recreation and family fun to top spots for sipping, exploring and dining.
“Our region has long been loved among cyclists for both its accessibility and natural beauty,” said Shauna Stewart, CEO of Experience Olympia & Beyond. “The Yelm-Tenino trail is easy to navigate and offers unique stops for the kids – like swimming in an old stone quarry, tasting fresh baked cookies or catching a movie in a recliner at the cinemas.”
The scenic Yelm-Tenino trail stretches 14 miles through the rural communities of Yelm, Rainier and Tenino along the former Burlington Northern railroad line. An elevation gain of just 320 feet makes for an easy ride for beginners, 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 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 or the Yelm and Tenino Farmers Markets.
The launch of the Yelm-Tenino trail guide is the first installment of a long term initiative, Biking Beyond, which will ultimately highlight three self-guided biking routes along a variety of terrain. The Yelm-Tenino trail is the first route to launch with more planned in 2019 and beyond.
Biking Beyond can be accessed at BikingBeyond.com