Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma Guide Book

by Allen Cox (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Tacoma  by Allen Cox

96pp/maps
ISBN: 0762754575

Best Easy Day Hikes Tacoma shares the best trails Tacoma and the surrounding region have to offer, all within an hour's drive of downtown Tacoma. With this book, you can hike through old-growth forest on a classic trail around Point Defiance, one of the country's largest and most scenic city parks, observe migratory birds in the wetlands from the trail of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, or hit one of the Northwest's newest trails, the Soundview Trail, as it meanders through a new world-class golf course with unmatched views of Puget Sound. With concise trail descriptions, driving directions, and detailed maps for half-hour strolls to half-day adventures, this handy pocket-size guidebook is for everyone, including families.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 18 of 18.
... Preview: Once you walk beneath the arch that announces you have entered Bresemann Forest, you step beneath a canopy of towering firs surrounded by a lush understory. You discover a rushing creek with a channel ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Spanaway, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
... Preview: This more than 600-acre tract of riverfront old-growth forest was somehow spared the axe in a region that has been, and still is, heavily logged. It was dedicated as a state park in 1949, and the stat ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Lester, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: Unsuspecting visitors to Flaming Geyser State Park might expect to marvel at water and steam spouting from the earth in an Old Faithful-like display. Instead, they find a tiny flame powered by a natur ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Enumclaw, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
... Preview: The Foothills Trail sits atop an historic railroad bed and snakes through the river valley southeast of Tacoma. This 25-mile-long trail is a popular commuter route and recreational destination for bic ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Orting, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
... Preview: This hike has it all: a challenging yet relatively easy trail through a pristine and isolated wilderness with meadows, mountains, and an alpine lake. The high-altitude, close-up view of Mt. Rainier al ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Ashford, WA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: On the site of an abandoned gravel pit with one of the most stunning vistas of Puget Sound to be found, Chambers Bay Golf Course and surrounding park lands sprang up. What would such a property be wit ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
University Place, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: When Mud Mountain Dam was completed in 1948, it held title as the largest earthen dam in the world. Its purpose is not to generate power but to restrain the potentially devastating force of the White ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Enumclaw, WA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: In a community southeast of Tacoma known as South Hill, the Nathan Chapman Memorial Trail cuts through woods and wetlands, joining South Hill Park with a public athletic complex known as Heritage Recr ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Puyallup, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
... Preview: Rescued from the developers in the 1960s and 70s, this former dairy farm occupies the scenic Nisqually River Delta, a critical habitat for hundreds of wildlife species. More than 700 acres of the re ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Nisqually, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: This loop encompasses several of Point Defiance Park’s best features in one relatively short hike: a popular beach, a shoreline promenade, the boathouse (a pleasure boater’s hub in Tacoma), a formal J ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Ruston, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: Tacoma’s more than one-hundred-year-old Point Defiance Park not only houses a renowned zoo and aquarium, extensive gardens, a logging museum, and a living history museum at Fort Nisqually but also hun ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Ruston, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.7
... Preview: This waterfront promenade is a magnet for Tacoma residents and visitors year-round, and with one visit it’s easy to see why. The views of the Olympic and Cascade ranges, Puget Sound, Commencement Bay, ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Ruston, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
... Preview: This hike crosses a regional landmark: the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The original span opened in July 1940 and, four months later, a storm sent it oscillating wildly and plunging nearly 200 feet into wat ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
University Place, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: This popular 135-acre multiuse park located 10 miles south of Tacoma occupies the northeastern shore of Spanaway Lake and has long been a favorite outdoor recreation spot in Pierce County. With the ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Spanaway, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
... Preview: Seldom-visited Swan Creek Park is one of Tacoma’s bestkept secrets. This undeveloped 322-acre stretch of land runs through a canyon with a wide creek bed at its floor and a virtual jungle of native tr ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Tacoma, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Tacoma Nature Center is the city’s hub for education about all things natural, complete with exhibits with a knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions. But what’s hiding in the nearly sixty acre ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Tacoma, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: The property at Titlow Park was once home to Washington’s first tidewater resort hotel, the Hotel Hesperides, which opened in 1911. Today, only a Swiss-style chalet known as Titlow Lodge remains and i ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
University Place, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
... Preview: Preserving West Hylebos Wetlands as a park was an exercise in perseverance and hard labor launched by a few tenacious conservationists in the midst of 1980s urban growth. A battle ensued. The score: O ... From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma"
Federal Way, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
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