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Olmstead Place Historical State Park

Central Washington > Yakima
46.9788, -120.4678 Map & Directions
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
25 feet
Highest Point
1,570 feet
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The old Milk House at the state park. Photo by Wes Partch. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash

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Follow the footsteps of 19th-century homesteaders for a half mile along a scenic creek that connects historic buildings and surrounding nature to our present story. Continue reading

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Hiking Olmstead Place Historical State Park

Begin your hike on the south side of the historic Seaton Schoolhouse where a signpost marks the beginning of the Coleman Creek Interpretive Trail. Pass between barns on your left and the willow-lined creek on your right, and soon a metal bridge will appear over the creek. Although the trail does not continue on the other side, it’s worth a stop here to take in the scenery.

The trail continues along the eastern side of the creek, now on a boardwalk with interpretive signs that tell the story of homesteading over a century ago. After the short boardwalk, the way stays close to the creek and can be muddy in places. As you pass through the narrowing corridor, blackbirds, magpies and mourning doves flit about and fill the air with their songs.

Two benches sit at scenic bends in the creek with peak-a-boo views. Nearby logs with their branch ends chewed to pencil points mark the presence of beaver. After a half mile, the path leaves the creek and heads across open fields toward the southern end of the homestead. On sunny spring days, the highlands surrounding Kittitas Valley gleam a brilliant white under a big blue sky.

Finally, you’ll arrive at the southern end of the hike, marked by a charming homestead with a red barn, vegetable garden, and original cabin from 1875. The grounds invite exploration and include an alternate parking lot, picnic area and vault toilet. One can also peer through the dusty windows of the old cabin and imagine living here almost 150 years ago. Return the same way you came.

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  • Accessible toilet

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Hike Description Written by
Wes Partch, WTA Correspondent

Olmstead Place Historical State Park

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.9788, -120.4678 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Main Street in Ellensburg, head east on Mountain View Avenue for 3.8 miles, then turn right onto North Ferguson Road. In a half mile, turn right into the enormous gravel parking lot at the north end of the park where you’ll find an ADA-accessible restroom and a large picnic area. The trail begins next to the schoolhouse.

There are two trailheads at Olmstead Place State Park. If you like, you can park at the far end of Ferguson Road where the southern trailhead is accessed. Both ends have a nice picnic area, although only the north end has an ADA-accessible restroom.

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Central Washington > Yakima

Washington State Parks

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Olmstead Place Historical State Park

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