Point Defiance Park

Tacoma, Washington

0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
0 Reviews
0 out of 5
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

DESCRIPTION FROM:

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
Distance: 9.3
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Metro Parks Tacoma
Driving Directions: Directions to Point Defiance Park

Recent Trail Reviews

There are no reviews for this trail.

Trail Photos

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.

Nearby Trails

Activity Feed

Apr 2018