Swan Creek Trail

Tacoma, Washington

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Seldom-visited Swan Creek Park is one of Tacoma’s bestkept secrets. This undeveloped 322-acre stretch of land runs through a canyon with a wide creek bed at its floor and a virtual jungle of native trees, ferns, and wildflowers hugging the steep hillsides. Beside the creek, native vegetation, and wildlife, the main attraction in this park is the trail, making this shady, wooded canyon an urban hiker’s paradise. Forgotten, neglected, and once in peril for acquisition as a landfill, the canyon that makes up Swan Creek Park is one of the region’s biggest success stories, and one with a very happy ending—for hikers. Grassroots conservation groups rescued the land and have since dedicated themselves to cleaning up the park and restoring both the creek and forest habitats. Hikers should stay tuned to developments in this park.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Tacoma

by Allen Cox (Falcon Guides)

Seldom-visited Swan Creek Park is one of Tacoma’s bestkept secrets. This undeveloped 322-acre stretch of land runs through a canyon with a wide creek bed at its floor and a virtual jungle of native trees, ferns, and wildflowers hugging the steep hillsides. Beside the creek, native vegetation, and wildlife, the main attraction in this park is the trail, making this shady, wooded canyon an urban hiker’s paradise.

Forgotten, neglected, and once in peril for acquisition as a landfill, the canyon that makes up Swan Creek Park is one of the region’s biggest success stories, and one with a very happy ending—for hikers. Grassroots conservation groups rescued the land and have since dedicated themselves to cleaning up the park and restoring both the creek and forest habitats. Hikers should stay tuned to developments in this park.

©  Allen Cox/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tacoma
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Tacoma South
Driving Directions: Directions to Swan Creek Trail

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May 2018