Point Defiance Park offers more than 20 miles of wide, well-marked trails through old-growth forest and along a bluff overlooking Puget Sound. There are few obstacles, so trail shoes are not required. The hills are not steep or long and there is no need to carry water, making this the perfect trail for the new trail runner. Touted as the best and largest urban park in the Northwest, Point Defiance Park was originally reserved for military use but was never used for military operations.
Point Defiance became a park in 1888 and occupies nearly 700 forested acres of peninsula and bluff, jutting northwesterly into Puget Sound. The two main trails parallel a 5-mile scenic drive that meanders through old-growth forests of fir, hemlock, and cedar, and past giant native rhododendrons reaching 15 feet or more in height. The perimeter route opens onto sweeping vistas of Puget Sound and the islands offshore.
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