Bresemann Forest

Spanaway, Washington

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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 built just for returning salmon. You step deep into the forest, calmed by silence that’s a welcome contrast to the haste of the urban world just beyond the gate. To hike through Bresemann Forest, you’d never guess it was once a prairie and not a forest at all. Some native trees began to take root in the grassland more than three centuries ago, but most of the trees in this lush forest—primarily Douglas fir—are roughly one hundred years old. Pierce County Parks and Recreation acquired the property in 1961 from a private owner and transitioned it to a park with a network of nature trails. The forest is fenced in, so it’s virtually impossible to get lost regardless of which trail you take.

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"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 built just for returning salmon. You step deep into the forest, calmed by silence that’s a welcome contrast to the haste of the urban world just beyond the gate.

To hike through Bresemann Forest, you’d never guess it was once a prairie and not a forest at all. Some native trees began to take root in the grassland more than three centuries ago, but most of the trees in this lush forest—primarily
Douglas fir—are roughly one hundred years old. Pierce County Parks and Recreation acquired the property in 1961 from a private owner and transitioned it to a park with a network of nature trails. The forest is fenced in, so it’s virtually impossible to get lost regardless of which trail you take."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Spanaway
Distance: 1.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Spanaway
Driving Directions: Directions to Bresemann Forest

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May 2018