Point Defiance Park

Tacoma, Washington

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Considered Tacoma’s backyard playground by many local residents, Point Defiance offers just about everything any hiker could want: historical sites, great views, deep forest, and sandy beaches, all accessible via an extensive network of trails. A loop around the Outside Perimeter Trail will confirm the park as one of the finest urban green spaces anywhere, a natural treasure not far from Tacoma’s downtown core.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

Considered Tacoma’s backyard playground by many local residents, Point Defiance offers just about everything any hiker could want: historical sites, great views, deep forest, and sandy beaches, all accessible via an extensive network of trails.

A loop around the Outside Perimeter Trail will confirm the park as one of the finest urban green spaces anywhere, a natural treasure not far from Tacoma’s downtown core.

© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tacoma
Distance: 4.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Hikable year-round, daily, 30 minutes before sunrise–30 minutes after sunset
Trailhead Elevation: 300 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 253-305-1088; metroparkstacoma.org/point-defiance-park
Local Maps: USGS Gig Harbor
Topo Map: Point Defiance Park Topographic Map
Guide Book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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2/4/2018

The Outer Loop trail is a great, easy trail around Point Defiance Park in a quiet forest setting with beautiful overlooks of the Puget Sound. The trails were well marked at almost every intersection. The trail crosses the road a few times, but there aren’t many cars. Great place to walk a dog! And an easy detour to the dog park gives them a chance to run around for a bit.

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