Tours & Walks

Tours & Walks

Exploring Hoyt Arboretum’s 189 acres on our 12 miles of trail isn’t just a hike – it’s a worldwide tour of trees from around the globe.

The Arboretum is open year-round for self-guided hikes, aided by placards indicating tree species. Interpretive signs along your walk offer more information about the various collections. Pick up a free map in the Visitor Center to find suggested routes or download the map online.

Drop-in Guided Tours

From April through October, knowledgeable volunteers offer guided tours of the Arboretum. Tours depart from the Visitor Center every Saturday and Sunday at 11 AM and 1 PM, run for about 90 minutes, and have a $3 suggested donation (but are always free for members!). Tours explore a variety of themes – check the Events calendar to find upcoming tour topics. No reservation is necessary — simply show up and learn!

Schedule a Group Tour

Bring your business, education, religious, or community group for an educational tour of our award-winning collections. Minimum size is 20 participants and the cost is $3 per attendee. Schedule a group tour. To participate in our school field trip program, register your class here.

Curator Tours

Join our curator for the annual Magnolia Tour in April to see the wide variety of magnolias blooming in the Arboretum. Members are also invited to attend two member-only tours led by the curator, the Spring Blossoms Tour in April and the Fall Colors Tour in October.

Suggested Walks

Use the map available online or pick one up at the Visitor Center to follow one of these suggested routes. As you pass through the collections, watch for interpretive exhibits that provide insight into the trees growing around you.

30-Minute Loop – Fir Trail (0.5 miles)

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Beginning just north of the Stevens Pavilion across from the Visitor Center, this easy stroll is fairly level. Start by skirting along a dark Spruce forest before heading into the Red Pine Collection, passing through dense hedges of salal and stands of fir before ending back at the Pavilion.

1-Hour Loop – Spruce/Wildwood/Redwood Trail (0.9 miles)

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This deep forest trek begins at the Pavilion across from the Visitor Center. The route passes through spruce trees from around the world and meanders by the Wedding Meadow. From there, you dip into towering redwoods, stopping at the Redwood Deck for a view before you continue to the trail below.

2-Hour Loop – Overlook/ Wildwood/Hawthorn/Maple/Wildwood/Holly Trails (1.25 miles)

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This route offers a little of everything: deciduous trees and conifers, open meadows, and varying elevations. It’s a great tour to explore the southeast quadrant of the Arboretum, and a side trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is well worth it.

ADA/Accessible Trails

Overlook Trail – ½ mile of paved trail (one-way)

This trail takes you above the Visitor Center and offers vistas of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier on a clear day. The Overlook Trail is marked in green on the trail map.

Bristlecone Pine Trail — ½ mile of paved trail (one-way)

This trail passes through a quieter part of the Arboretum. The trees here are arranged geographically rather than by taxonomy (plant family). Exhibits include Chile and South America, Northeastern Carolina Hardwood, Korea, China, Japan, Pacific Northwest, Siskiyou, and Europe. The Bristlecone Pine trail is marked in brown on the trail map.

Visitor Center Loop – 1/10 mile of paved trail

This passes under the shady Beech and Oak collections and our Visitor Center alpine garden. Follow the gray connector trail around the Visitor Center on the trail map.


Upcoming Tours

Public Tour - Christmas Trees  December 14, 2019 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Public Tour - Winter Solstice Traditions from Around the World  December 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Public Tour - Winter Solstice Traditions from Around the World  December 29, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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