Point Defiance Park

Tacoma, Washington

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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.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Tacoma
Length: 9.3
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Metro Parks Tacoma
Topo Map: Point Defiance Park Topographic Map
Guide Book: 50 Trail Runs in Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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